U.S. Basketball Writers Association 2014 BEST WRITING CONTEST
COLUMN | GAME STORY | ENTERPRISE | MAGAZINE FEATURE | FEATURE
WINNERS: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

A record-setting number of entries were turned into the USBWA's best-writing contest for a second year in a row, again turning it into a highly competitive affair.

There were no double-winners – also for the second year in a row – among the 162 entries.
The judge said "the quality of writing this time around was excellent."

This year's winners were John Feinstein of the Washington Post, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, Eric Prisbell of USA Today, Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated and Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News.

The top five finishers in each category receive a plaque and a cash prize for their winning entries. First place is awarded $150, second place $125, third place $100, fourth place $75 and fifth place $50.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., serves as sponsor of the writing contest.

COLUMN
1. John Feinstein, Washington Post: Dean Smith's Dignity Worth Remembering
2. Kirk Wessler, Peoria Journal Star: From Pernicious To Picasso
3. John Akers, Basketball Times: Johnny Orr's Hilton Magic
4. Caulton Tudor, WRAL SportsFan.com: Reminder: Team, Not NBA Draft Prediction
5. Bryan Burwell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Game We Waited For
GAME STORY/SPOT NEWS
1. Eric Prisbell, USA Today: They Gave 'Em The Whole Enchilada
2. Jesse Temple, FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Badgers Dance Into Final Four
3. David Teel, Newport News Daily Press: Virginia Title A Masterpiece Of Patience
4. Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com: Something Special, Something Great
5. Skip Myslenski, NUSports.com: Compelling Victory Marks A First
ENTERPRISE
1. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star: The Day That Rocked Butler
2. Pete Thamel, Sports Illustrated: Transfers The New Prized Recruits
3. Mick McCabe and Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Fired Coach Accused Of Abuse
4. Laura Keeley, Raleigh News & Observer: College Basketball Needs A Commissioner
5. Tom Noie, South Bend Tribune: Digger's Sacred Corner
MAGAZINE LENGTH FEATURE
1. Luke Winn, Sports Illustrated: The Freshman: Wilt To Manning To Wiggins
2. Jason King, Bleacher Report: Adreian Payne's Princess Lacey
3. Kevin Armstrong, New York Daily News: Cleanthony: From The Bottom To Perfection
4. Seth Davis, Sports Illustrated: A Lonely, Wounded Search For Meaning
5. Ryan Kartje, Orange County Register: Weathering Of A Hoosier Legend
MODERATE LENGTH FEATURE
1. Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News: He Sees Basketball Differently
2. Andrew Kahn, SportsOnEarth.com: UConn's Breanna Stewart: Best Ever?
3. Myron Medcalf, ESPN.com: Butch's Death Softened Bo
4. Brendan F. Quinn, MichiganLive.com: Peace After An Easter Tragedy
5. Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Aaron Craft's Zen Huddles
WINNERS: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001