Kevin Durant Selected for Oklahoma Hall of Fame
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has endured a tough last eight months, battling injuries that kept him out most of the 2014-15 season, but on Thursday, June 11, Durant got some good news.
Durant has been selected for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Durant is one of eight members of the Hall of Fame class of 2015, which will officially be inducted in Tulsa on November 19.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s website has this entry for Durant as a 2015 Hall of Fame inductee:
A leader on and off the court, Kevin Durant has established himself as a pillar of the Oklahoma community throughout his career with the Thunder. Durant’s on-court resume speaks for itself, as it includes six All-Star appearances, four scoring titles, one MVP award and a trip to the 2012 NBA Finals. Just as important, Durant has illustrated an impressive civic responsibility during his time in Oklahoma. After tornadoes tore through much of Oklahoma in May of 2013, Durant immediately toured the devastation, but not before donating $1 million to the Oklahoma Red Cross to aid those impacted by the storms. His community mindedness is also prevalent throughout the year, as he attends multiple Thunder community initiatives including the team’s Thunder Fit program, Book Bus and Holiday Assist events.
Prior to being selected with the No.2 pick in the 2007 NBA draft, the Suitland, Maryland Native, spent one session at the University of Texas where he was named the Associated Press National Player of the Year while also becoming the first-ever freshman in NCAA history to win the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award.
After winning the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2008, Durant has helped transform the Thunder into one of the NBA’s most winningest franchises. With Durant helping to lead the way, the Thunder has amassed the second best record in the NBA over the last six years. (.664 winning percentage.)
One other inductee has ties to Oklahoma sports, Hobart native Bill Hancock, who is the executive director of the College Football Playoff.
Hancock’s Hall of Fame entry follows:
Bill Hancock, a Hobart native and OU graduate, has achieved a unique trifecta at the highest echelon of intercollegiate athletics. He was the first full-time director of the NCAA Final Four, the first executive director of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the first executive director of the College Football Playoff.
Bill is an accomplished writer, with two books to his credit. His memoir about his trans-continental bicycle journey, “Riding With the Blue Moth,” was among the top sports books after its release in October, 2005. It was re-issued in 2015.
His second book, “This One Day in Hobart” is a history of his home town.
After graduating in three and a half years, Bill worked at OU, then edited the Hobart Democrat-Chief newspaper, then spent 11 years at the Big Eight Conference office before joining the NCAA in 1989.
Hancock is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Nicki Perry. They had two sons, Nate and the late Will Hancock who died in the OSU basketball team’s airplane crash in 2001. Bill and Nicki have three grandchildren.
Hancock has served on the U.S. Olympic Committee staff at 11 Olympic Games and two Pan American games. He is a proud ambassador for his state and his home town.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame began in 1927, and has inducted 669 individiuals.
Tickets for the 2015 Hall of Fame banquet go on sale to the public on August 28.