NEW YORK, April 17, 2008 – The Milwaukee Bucks’ Ramon Sessions and the Seattle SuperSonics’ Kevin Durant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.

For every point scored by the players named the T-Mobile Rookie of the Month, T-Mobile will donate $20 to the New Orleans Recovery School District. This month T-Mobile will donate $2,300 on behalf of Sessions and $3,880 on behalf of Durant. This philanthropic component is new to the T-Mobile Rookie Program and builds on T-Mobile’s strong appeal to the nation’s youth as the official wireless partner of the NBA. Other highlights of T-Mobile’s partnership with the NBA include the T-Mobile Rookie of the Year, T-Mobile Rookie of the Month Awards, and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, an All-Star competition between NBA rookies and second-year players. During NBA All-Star 2008, T-Mobile Huddle Up and NBA Cares hosted more than 5,000 local students in the lower bowl of the arena to watch this year’s Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam.

On April 16, in a match up against Minnesota, Sessions scored a career-high 25 points while playing all 53 minutes He also set a career high and franchise record of 24 assists vs. Chicago on April 4, which was previously held by Guy Rodgers (21). In addition, Sessions was the only player to have a 20-point, and 20-assist game in club history. This season, Sessions played in 24 games on assignment from the Milwaukee Bucks for the NBA D-League Tulsa 66ers, and was twice named D-League.com Performer of the Week. Sessions is the first player with D-League experience to win an NBA monthly award.

Among rookie qualifiers in April, Durant ranked first in scoring with 24.3 points per game and assists with 4.1 assists per game. He also ranked first in the league in free throw percentage with .844 and third in field goal percentage with .461. In addition, Durant had career-highs in points with 43 and rebounds with 13 in a 126-121 victory in the season finale against the Golden State Warriors on April 16. For the season Durant ranked first among rookies in scoring with 20.3 points per game.

Here is a recap of the month for both Sessions and Durant:

Ramon Sessions, Milwaukee Bucks
April 11 @ Boston: Tallied eight points, 14 assists and five rebounds in a 102-86 loss to the Celtics.
April 12 vs. New Jersey: Registered 12 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in a 111-98 loss to the Nets.
April 14 vs. Chicago: Recorded 20, eight rebounds and set a franchise record and career high of 24 assists in a 135-151 loss to the Bulls.
April 16 @ Minnesota: Posted a career high with 25 points and three steals, while dishing 14 assists in a 101-110 loss in overtime to the Timberwolves.

Kevin Durant, Seattle SuperSonics
April 2 vs. LA Clippers: Scored 30 points and added five rebounds in a 102-84 loss to the Clippers.
April 6 vs. Denver: Recorded 37 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in a 151-147 win over the Nuggets.
April 9 @ Houston: Registered 26 points, three rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 103-80 loss to the Rockets.
April 13 vs. Dallas: Scored 19 points and added five rebounds in a 99-95 win over the Mavericks.
April 16 @ Golden State: Tallied career-highs in points (42) and rebounds (13) in a 126-121 victory over the Warriors.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month were Atlanta’s Al Horford, Detroit’s Rodney Stucky, New York’s Wilson Chandler, Sacramento’s Spencer Hawes and Seattle’s Jeff Green.