In recognition of his outstanding play and leadership on the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team, USA Basketball today announced that New Jersey Nets' all-star guard Jason Kidd has been named the 2007 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

Kidd helped lead the 2007 USA Men's Senior National Team to a gold medal and 10-0 record at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship; he averaged a team second best (tie) 4.6 assists a game to help the USA secure its berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"I am very honored to receive this award from USA Basketball," Kidd said. "I want to thank my teammates and coaches and to express my gratitude in being selected to represent my country. On behalf of my teammates, we look forward to the challenge that awaits in Beijing."