An early entry candidate for the 2007 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Earned National Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press, NABC, USBWA, CBS/Chevrolet and The Sporting News and was named the winner of the Adolph Rupp Trophy, the Naismith Award and the Wooden Award, becoming the first-ever freshman in NCAA history to win any of those awards. Earned consensus First Team All-American honors, becoming just the third freshman in NCAA history earn that honor joining Wayman Tisdale (1983) and Chris Jackson (1989). Named Big 12 Freshman and Player of the Year, earned First Team All-Conference honors and was named to the league’s All-Defensive Team. Set single-season school and Big 12 records for points in a season (903), a total that also ranks as the second-most by a freshman in NCAA history. Also set a single-season school record for rebounds in a season (390), a mark that ranks second in Big 12 history and third all-time for a freshman in NCAA history.
Freshman (2006-07): Led the Big 12 in scoring (25.8 ppg, ranked fourth nationally), rebounding (11.1 rpg, fourth) and blocked shots (1.9 bpg). Also ranked in the top 10 in field goal percentage (.473, seventh), free throw percentage (.816, third), three-point field goal percentage (.404, seventh), three-point field goals made per game (2.3, seventh) and steals (1.9, fourth). Averaged 28.9 points and 12.5 rebounds in conference play, both Big 12 single-season records for league games only. Scored in double figures in every game, surpassed the 20-point mark 30 times, and posted 30 or more points 11 times. Recorded 20 double-doubles, second-most in the nation behind Nevada senior Nick Fazekas. Registered a career-high 37 points on four different occasions. Exploded for 37 points and grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds at Texas Tech. Tallied 37 points and 16 points at Colorado. Scored 37 points and pulled down 12 rebounds vs. Oklahoma State. Sank five threes in scoring 29 points vs. St. John’s. Notched 26 points vs. Tennessee. Recorded 28 points and 15 rebounds vs. Texas A&M and notched 30 points and 16 rebounds in the rematch. Posted 37 points, 10 rebounds, a career-high six assists and a career-high six blocked shots vs. Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament finals on his way to Tournament MVP honors, the first player to win the award from a losing team. Set a tournament record with 92 total points scored. Registered 27 points, including 15-for-16 free throw shooting, vs. New Mexico State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Led team with 30 points vs. USC in the second round.
Strengths: Extremely versatile and explosive offensive player who can score from virtually any spot on the floor. Length, elite athleticism and natural instincts also allow him to be a dominant rebounder and shot-blocker.
Personal: Favorite food is crab legs. Two nicknames are “KD” and “K-Smoove.” Favorite musician is ‘Lil Wayne. Wears No. 35 to honor his childhood AAU coach, Charles Craig, who died when he was 35.