The Texas basketball program received a generous donation from one of its most famous and successful alumni.
On Thursday, the Longhorns announced that NBA star Kevin Durant has donated $3 million to the program to support Texas Basketball and the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation.
As a token of appreciation for the donation, Texas is naming the entrance to Denton A. Cooley Pavilion “The Kevin Durant Texas Basketball Center” while also naming the men’s basketball facilities “The Kevin Durant Basketball Facility For Men.”
It is the largest donation from a Texas student-athlete in school history.
The donation from Durant has already led to some improvements and renovations to the facility.
“My time as a Longhorn helped build the foundation for who I am today as a player and a person, and the UT team will always be my family,” said Durant in a statement from the university.
“It’s important to me to continue to give back to The University and ensure that future student-athletes have all the opportunities they need to succeed. It’s an honor to have such a close and unique relationship with Texas Basketball, and I’m grateful to be able to contribute.”
— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) January 4, 2018
Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart expressed his appreciation for the donation from the NBA star.
“Kevin Durant has an incredibly strong and personal connection with not only our basketball program, but The University of Texas as a whole. Each time I’ve had the opportunity to visit with Kevin, I’ve been impressed with his genuine appreciation for his time, growth and development at Texas,” Texas Men’s Basketball head coach Shaka Smart said. “This gift means a great deal to our entire University, but it’s more of a reflection of how meaningful the relationships that Kevin built while at Texas remain true to this day.”
During his lone season with the Longhorns, Durant was named the consensus National Player of the Year, becoming the first freshman in NCAA history to claim the award. He was also a consensus first-team All-American.