ST. LOUIS (USBWA) For the first time in the 50-year
history of the United States Basketball Writers Association,
the USBWA has selected co-players of the year in college basketball.
|USBWA President and 2006 Oscar Robertson
Trophy winners, J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison pose with
the trophy and the 'Big O' himself.
Adam Morrison of Gonzaga and J.J. Redick of Duke,
the nation's top two NCAA Division I scorers, will be presented
with the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Trophy during
a college basketball awards ceremony at Conseco Fieldhouse Friday
(March 31) in Indianapolis, site of this year's NCAA Final Four.
"About once in a generation, we see a situation where there are
two extraordinary players who separate themselves from the rest
of college basketball and clearly stand together as the best in
the game," said USBWA President Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"It happened in 1979 with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and the
USBWA feels it has happened again with Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick.
Our organization has never voted for co-players of the year but
on this, the 50th anniversary of the USBWA, it seems entirely appropriate
to break with precedent in order to honor two equally deserving
Morrison, a 6-8 junior forward, led the nation in scoring with
a 28.4 average while Redick, a 6-4 senior guard, finished second
at 27.8 points per game. Both were unanimous selections to the USBWA
The USBWA player of the year award is the nations oldest and
only one named after a player. The legendary Oscar Robertson, selected
as college player of the century in 2000, was the USBWA's first
player of the year in 1959. The USBWA renamed its award the Oscar
Robertson Trophy in 1998.
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. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson
Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
For those media who supply content to their websites, the USBWA
will have edited B-roll digital video of the Oscar Robertson Trophy
presentation breakfast available via satellite from 12:30-1 p.m.
EST on Friday, March 31. Following is the access information:
Destination: AMC 5K/13
Arc Position: 79 Degrees West Transponder 13 Vertical Polarity
Time: 12:30-1 p.m. EST 3/31/06
Oscar Robertson Trophy
official site (www.thebigo.com)