ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has pared its list of finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy
down to five.
The five remaining finalists for the 2005-06 national player of
the year are the players named to the USBWA All-America first team
earlier this week: Randy Foye, Villanova; Adam Morrison,
Gonzaga; J.J. Redick, Duke; Brandon Roy, Washington;
and Shelden Williams, Duke.
Foye, an All-Big East selection, is second in the league in scoring
(20.2) and ninth all-time at Villanova. He has led the Wildcats
to a 24-3 record as they head to the Big East tournament. Foye has
recorded 17 games this season with 20 or more points.
Morrison, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, is the
nation's leading scorer (28.6) and has led Gonzaga to a perfect
14-0 conference mark and a conference tournament title. He has topped
30 points 13 times this season to along with five 40-point performances.
Redick, now a two-time USBWA All-American, was a unanimous All-ACC
selection. To go with 27.8 points per game this season, he is the
NCAA's all-time leader in three-point field goals and free-throw
percentage. Redick has 12 30-point games this season and is now
the all-time leader in scoring in the ACC.
Roy, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, has led Washington to a 24-5
record headed into the Pac-10 tournament. He is second in the league
in scoring (19.6), fourth in assists (4.1) and 11th in rebounds
(5.8). He is the first Washington player to be named to the USBWA
Williams is another unanimous All-ACC choice. He has scored over
1,800 points in his career and is the second all-time leading rebounder
at Duke. This season, he has recorded 16 double-doubles headed into
the ACC tournament.
ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS
|Randy Foye, Villanova
|Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
|J.J. Redick, Duke
|Brandon Roy, Washington
|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.
The 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.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. It has selected a national player of the year since
the 1958-59 season. For more information on the USBWA and its All-America
team, contact executive director Joe Mitch and 314-421-0339.
• Oscar Robertson Trophy
• Oscar Robertson
official site (www.thebigo.com)
• National Kidney