Durant Will Jump to Pros

Will he be the No. 1 draft pick—or will Buckeyes center Greg Oden?
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 11, 2007 3:12 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Longhorns freshman heartthrob Kevin Durant has announced he will leave Texas for the NBA draft.  Durant averaged a frankly absurd 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds over the course of an award-sweeping first-year campaign that ended one game short of the Sweet Sixteen. Texas benefitted from a new NBA rule that grants eligibility to players only  a year after graduating from high school.

Sportswriters nationwide have already begun sinking their pointy, self-important teeth into a genuinely interesting question:  Will the team with the No. 1 draft pick select Durant or Buckeyes center Greg Oden?  Oden, the season's other freshman phenom, has not yet declared he will enter the draft, but the sportswriters are optimistic.