Kevin Durant FaceTimed a top WNBA draft prospect ahead of her big moment as the No. 1 overall pick

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Charli Collier - who went to the Dallas Wings with the No. 1 overall pick - spoke with fellow Texas Longhorns alum Kevin Durant before the WNBA Draft. AP Photo/Stephen Spillman
  • Charli Collier - a Texas Longhorns standout - was the first overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

  • Ahead of the big moment, the newly-minted Dallas Wings star FaceTimed with Kevin Durant.

  • The NBA superstar spoke with Collier about her new jersey number and wished her luck.

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Once upon a time, Kevin Durant was a Texas Longhorns superstar and a top professional prospect.

Now, 14 years later, the NBA superstar is passing on his knowledge to another Longhorn-turned-pro.

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Kevin Durant played for the Texas Longhorns in college. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Durant FaceTimed with Charli Collier, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft, ahead of her big moment walking across the virtual draft stage Thursday night. The Brooklyn Nets star spoke with Collier about whether she should change her uniform number as she heads into the next stage of her career.

The now-Dallas Wings rookie made Durant promise to wear her jersey in the tunnel, and the sharpshooter was quick to agree. He said he likes the new WNBA threads that dropped for each team last week.

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Kevin Durant with the Brooklyn Nets. Kathy Willens/AP Images

"I will," Durant said. "Especially the new joints - I rock with the new joints."

Then, he offered Collier congratulations and let her head off to see her lifelong dream realized. He also promised to get back in touch once the dust settled.

Check out the full clip of their FaceTime below:

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