United States Basketball Writers Association March 12, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch
Texas' Durant headlines first team, named Freshman of the Year

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Freshman sensation Kevin Durant of Texas headlines the 2006-07 U.S. Basketball Writers Association's All-America Team, announced today by USBWA President Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald.

Durant, a 6-9 swingman, is the first freshman to make the USBWA All-America first team since LSU's Chris Jackson in 1989. The Big 12 Player of the Year was fourth in the nation in scoring (25.6) and fourth in rebounding (11.3). Among his highlights were a 37-point performance in a double-overtime loss to Oklahoma State and a 37-point, 23-rebound game against Texas Tech. Durant has also been named the USBWA's National Freshman of the Year.

Nick Fazekas is Nevada's first USBWA All-American. The 6-11 senior forward averaged 20.5 points and 11.2 rebounds while shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 84.7 from the free-throw line. He led Nevada to its fourth straight WAC regular-season title and was the league's player of the year.

Tyler Hansbrough, the 2006 USBWA Freshman of the Year, was fourth in the ACC in scoring (18.1) and second in rebounds (7.9). The 6-9 sophomore, who was named the ACC Player of the Year, shot 52.5 percent from the field.

Acie Law led Texas A&M to a school-record 13 Big 12 conference wins in becoming the Aggies' first-ever USBWA All-American. The 6-3 senior guard averaged 17.9 points.

Alando Tucker, who averaged 20.2 points and 5.3 rebounds, helped the Badgers set a school record with 29 wins. The 6-6 senior forward is the first USBWA All-America from Wisconsin and is the school's first All-American since 1950.

Following is the complete 2006-07 USBWA All-America team:

First Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Kevin Durant, Texas G/F 6-9 225 Fr. Suitland, Md.
Nick Fazekas, Nevada F 6-11 240 Sr. Arvada, Colo.
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina F 6-9 245 So. Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Acie Law, Texas A&M G 6-3 195 Sr. Dallas, Texas
Alando Tucker, Wisconsin F 6-6 205 Sr. Lockport, Ill.
Second Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Arron Afflalo, UCLA G 6-5 215 Jr. Compton, Calif.
Jared Dudley, Boston College F 6-7 225 Sr. San Diego, Calif.
Jeff Green, Georgetown F 6-9 235 Jr. Hyattsville, Md.
Joakim Noah, Florida F/C 6-11 230 Jr. New York, N.Y.
Greg Oden, Ohio State C 7-0 280 Fr. Indianapolis. Ind.
National Freshman of the Year: Kevin Durant, Texas

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its All-America team, contact executive director Joe Mitch and 314-421-0339.

Related link:
2006-07 USBWA All-District teams
All-time USBWA All-America teams