Jan. 3, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch
314-444-4300
Senior forward leads Bears to historic road win
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MISSOURI STATE'S WEEMS IS OSCAR
ROBERTSON NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Missouri State forward Kyle Weems as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 1. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 21 this season.

Weems

As the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Weems was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Weems, a 6-6 senior from Topeka, Kan., helped the Bears open conference play 2-0 with a career-high 31-point output in Wednesday's win at No. 19 Creighton and 22 points in Saturday's home win over Drake. He was 21-for-34 (.618) from the field in the two games, including 5-of-6 (.833) from three-point range. He also led the team in rebounding in both games, averaging 8.0 caroms per game.

Weems was 11-for-22 from the field against Creighton with seven rebounds and knocked down all six free throws he attempted in the final 42 seconds to help the Bears secure their first-ever road win against a ranked opponent. He followed that with a 10-for-12 shooting effort against Drake with nine rebounds.

This is the third season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week will be considered for the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which will be released at mid-season.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

Oscar Robertson TrophyAt the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2012 Oscar Robertson Trophy will be announced and presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast on Fri., March 30 in New Orleans, site of the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-4300.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the most comprehensive college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 31st season, bigger and better in 2010-11. Blue Ribbon long-known as "The Bible of College Basketball" gives its readers the most thorough, up-to-date and timely evaluations of every Division I team in the country. For more information about Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit blueribbonyearbookonline.com.

2011-12 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 11: Thomas Robinson, Kansas (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Dec. 18: Mike Glover, Iona (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
Week of Dec. 25: Doug McDermott, Creighton (Missouri Valley Conference)
Week of Jan. 1: Kyle Weems, Missouri State (Missouri Valley Conference)
Week of Jan. 8: Damian Lillard, Weber State (Big Sky Conference)
Week of Jan. 15: Brandon Paul, Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
Week of Jan. 22: Faisal Aden, Washington State (Pac-12 Conference)
Week of Jan. 29: Mason Plumlee, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week of Feb. 5: Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh (Big East Conference)
Week of Feb. 12: Jeff Withey, Kansas (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Feb. 19: Draymond Green, Michigan State (Big Ten Conference)