One of the most famous former Texas Longhorns is a big fan of the current ‘Horns coach. It has been nearly a decade since Kevin Durant’s lone season in Austin, but he has met Shaka Smart a handful of times and, not surprisingly, came away impressed.
"He’s done a phenomenal job," Durant says in the above Campus Insiders clip. "He’s a great basketball mind, but he’s even better at handling people. He knows how to talk to people, he knows how to teach kids."
Durant was asked about Smart during a Team USA practice for the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
"He enjoys people and all his players love playing for him," Durant says. "He’s leading the program in the right direction and he’s got all my support."