Durant named USA Basketball male athlete of the year

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Kevin Durant, who led the  United States to their first world championship title in 16  years, has been selected as the 2010 USA Basketball male  athlete of the year.

“It means a lot,” Durant, 22, said Wednesday in a statement  released by USA Basketball. “My goal was to represent my  country to the best of my ability.  

“I really appreciate all of the coaches and players that I  got to share that experience with. I am very humbled by this  honor.”  
Forward Durant won the world championship’s Most Valuable  Player award, averaging 22.8 points per game while shooting  55.6 percent from the field and 44.6 percent from three-point  range. In the absence of household names such as Kobe Bryant and  LeBron James, he emerged as his team’s most inspirational  figure and scored 28 points in the tournament final on Sept. 12  when the U.S. beat hosts Turkey 81-64.  

“Kevin brought maturity and a winning mindset to every  practice and every game last summer,” said U.S. coach Mike  Krzyzewski. “He was a critical part of our success, and his  team mates wanted him to have the ball in critical situations.

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