Devin Durrant Athlete Profile

#35 Devin Durrant

Devin Durrant
Position: Forward Height: 6-7 Weight: 201 Roster Years: 1978-1980 | 1982-1984 Hometown: Provo, UT Mission: Madrid, Spain Hall of Fame: 1995

  • 1995 Men's Basketball 




All-America

  • 1982-83 AP Honorable Mention
  • 1983-84 AP Second Team
  • 1983-84 UPI Third Team


Academic All-America

  • 1983 CoSida
  • 1984 CoSida

1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

A decade after he led the Cougars on the hardwood, All-American basketball player Devin Durrant is still among the university's all-time leaders in several statistical categories. Starting every game of his BYU career, Durrant helped the Cougars to three NCAA postseason berths, three WAC championships, and an overall record of 79-38.

Honors garnered during Durrant's career were numerous and prestigious, especially during his senior season when he was selected as a GTE/CoSida Academic All-American for the second time, awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, and named All-America by the Associated Press, United Press International, the Basketball Writers Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and The Sporting News.

Durrant was selected 1984 District VII Player of the Year by the writers and made the basketball coaches' All-District Team. Twice selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference First Team, Durrant was a two-time WAC Player of the Week, a three-time All-Cougar Classic selection, and the MVP of the Kentucky Invitational.

During Durrant's senior year he scored 866 points, a BYU record. Averaging over 30 points a game, he led the nation in scoring most of the season and finished third among collegiate cagers. From the field or from the foul line, No. 35 was unstoppable; as a Cougar he tallied 2,285 points. When he left BYU, no BYU player had shot more free throws (820) or made more free throws (621) than Devin Durrant - all of this after he interrupted his basketball career to serve a mission in Spain.

Durrant was a master at making the baseline and the backboard his allies. While he played for BYU, the scene became pleasantly familiar to Cougar fans - Durrant driving, getting fouled as he scored, then smiling as he walked to the charity stripe to complete another three-point play.

Following his career at BYU, Durrant was the 23rd pick in the NBA draft; he played one season with the Indiana Pacers and briefly with the Phoenix Suns. After his time in the NBA, he played professional basketball in Europe from 1986 to 1988.

While Brigham Young University has produced many outstanding athletes, few have helped the university's athletic program so much or represented BYU's values and standards so well as Devin Durrant.

Personal

  • Served an LDS church mission to Spain-Madrid
  • Married to Julie Mink

Career Highlights

  • Holds the records for scoring average in a season (27.9), points in a season (866), free throws attempted in a season (307) and free throws made in a season (242)
  • He is currently third on the all-time scoring list with 2285 points with a career average of 19.5 ppg
  • During his career he was named Academic All-America (1st), AP (2nd), UPI (3rd) and honorable mention (AP)
  • WAC Player of the Year the 1982-83 season
  • Was Academic All-America district seven and Academic All-America Second Team (CoSida) 1982-83
  • Unanimous All-WAC first team 1982-83
  • Second-team All-America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association 1983-84
  • Player of the Year, District 7, USBWA 1983-84

Before BYU

  • Captain of the Provo High team that went undefeated (26-0) and won the state 3A championship (Devin scored 38 of Provo's 52 points in the championship game, including 17 of 25 from the field)
  • Voted MVP of the tournament
  • Named to the McDonald's 12-man All-America team 
  • Was an Adidas All-American
  • Was second team All-American for Basketball Weekly, BCI Classic All-American
  • MVP in the Kentucky Derby Classic
  • Was the one-on-one champ in the Derby Classic
  • Awarded the Hertz Number One award for the state of Utah
  • In leading Provo to the title he averaged 31.5 points and 14 rebounds per game
  • Also leading scorer in the state
  • Coached by Jim Spencer

After BYU

  • Was the 23rd pick in the NBA draft; he played one season with the Indiana Pacers and briefly with the Phoenix Suns 
  • After his time in the NBA, he played professional basketball in Europe from 1986 to 1988

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1995

Stats

Year     GP   FG-FGA   Pct.   FT-FTA   Pct. Rbds Avg.  PF-D  Pts. Avg.   A   S
1978-79  28  142-263   54     86-122   71   146  5.2   82-5  370  13.2  66  20
1979-80  29  147-265   55     93-130   72   170  5.9   70-2  387  13.3  89  17
1982-83  29  231-456   51    200-261   77   167  5.8   84-3  662  22.8  69  17
1983-84  31  312-543   58    242-307   79   160  5.2   90-1  866  27.9  44  23


1978-1979 | Freshman Year

  • Started in all games, 19 of which were double figure performances
  • Had two high games of 26 points against Purdue and Oral Roberts
  • In the Purdue game, he scored 20 of those points in the second half
  • Led BYU in scoring for six games and led the Cougars in rebounding for five games
  • Led BYU in Yugoslavia and Italy during the summer with 17.0 ppg.
  • Was one of 12 on the America All-Star team in China

1979-1980 | Sophomore Year

  • Played in all games with 19 of those games in the double figures
  • Was on the 1979 Cougar Classic all-tournament team
  • Had a high game of 31 points against Colorado State
  • Was the second leading scorer on the Cougar team behind Danny Ainge, before leaving on a mission

1982-1983 | Junior Year

  • Led BYU and the WAC in scoring for the 82-83 season
  • In 26 of BYUs 29 games he was the teams top scorer
  • Finished 19th in the NCAA in scoring and was the 12th leading returning scorer in the nation
  • Was named WAC player-of-the-week in the conference opener against San Diego State and Hawaii
  • Scored 33 points in the game vs. Hawaii
  • Was named Chevrolet player-of-the-game vs. Wyoming and Air Force
  • Was All-Cougar Classic
  • Led the Holiday Festival in scoring at Madison Square Garden and made that all-tourney team
  • Named WAC Player of the Year
  • Was Academic All-America district seven and Academic All-America Second Team (CoSida)
  • Unanimous All-WAC first team
  • All-District Seven (Basketball Writers Association)
  • Honorable mention All-America (Associated Press)
  • Scored 25 points to lead the U.S. team to a bronze medal victory this past summer over Cuba in the World University Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Named to the Sporting News pre-season All-America checklist

1983-1984 | Senior Year

  • First-team Academic All-America (CoSida)
  • Second-team All-America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association
  • Player of the Year, District 7, USBWA
  • First-team District 13 National Association of Basketball Coaches
  • First-team All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship
  • All-America by the Associated Press, United Press International, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and The Sporting News
  • Seventh in John Wooden Award Balloting
  • MVP Kentucky Invitational
  • All-Cougar Classic
  • Two-time WAC Player of the Week
  • Scored a season-high 38 points against Hawai`i