ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has named ten finalists for the 2006 Oscar Robertson Trophy,
given to the national college player of the year.
Three players are repeat finalists for the award, including Duke
teammates J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams. Illinois'
Dee Brown is also a finalist for the second straight season.
Seven more players have been selected as finalists for the award
that has been presented since the 1958-59 season. Following is the
complete list of 2006 Oscar Robertson Trophy finalists:
ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS
|Maurice Ager, Michigan
|Dee Brown, Illinois
|Rodney Carney, Memphis
|Randy Foye, Villanova
|Mike Gansey, West Virginia
||Olmsted Falls, Ohio
|Paul Millsap, Louisiana
|Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
|J.J. Redick, Duke
|P.J. Tucker, Texas
|Shelden Williams, Duke
||Forest Park, Okla.
Last year, world-renowned St. Louis sculptor Harry Weber was
commissioned to produce an 18-inch bronze sculpture of Oscar Robertson
in his famous spread-eagle pose.
winner will be selected by a vote of the USBWA membership and a
replica of the statue will be awarded to the player of the year
at the USBWA's second annual awards breakfast at Conseco Fieldhouse
in Indianapolis on Friday, March 31.
The Henry Iba Award will also be presented to the national
college coach of the year at the breakfast. The Iba Award is named
after legendary Oklahoma A&M and U.S. Olympic team coach Henry Iba,
who led A&M to back-to-back national championships in 1945 and '46.
In addition to presenting the player and coach of the year awards,
the USBWA will honor the 1981 and '76 Indiana Hoosiers on the 25th
and 30th anniversaries, respectively, of each team's national championship.
The 1976 Hoosiers were also the last NCAA Division l team to go
undefeated, finishing the season 32-0.
Tickets for the breakfast, scheduled to start at 8 a.m., are
$100 each and are available at the Conseco Fieldhouse box office
(317-917-2727) or at
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Kidney
Foundation, Oscar Robertson's charity of choice. Oscar donated a
kidney several years ago to his daughter who was suffering from
a life-threatening kidney disease.
• Oscar Robertson Trophy
• Oscar Robertson
official site (www.thebigo.com)
• National Kidney