ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected Illinois guard Brandon Paul as its Oscar
Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week
of Sunday, Jan. 15. 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.
As the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Paul 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.
Paul, a 6-4 junior from Gurnee, Ill., had a career night in a
79-74 win vs. No. 5 Ohio State last Tuesday, scoring 43 points to
go with eight rebounds and four blocks. The 43-point outburst was
a career best, and marked the most points scored in a game by a
Big Ten player since Purdue's Glenn Robinson in 1994. It's the second-highest
individual scoring output of the season behind the 44 points scored
by Creighton's Greg McDermott vs. Bradley.
In his only game of the week, Paul scored 28 points in the second
half, including the Illini's final 15 points of the evening over
the last 2:40. Paul shot connected on 11-15 from the field, including
8-10 from three-point range. The eight three-pointers matched a
school single-game record.
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.
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
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
2011-12 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
• Week of Dec. 11: Thomas Robinson, Kansas (Big 12
• Week of Dec. 18: Mike Glover, Iona (Metro Atlantic
• Week of Dec. 25: Doug McDermott, Creighton (Missouri
• Week of Jan. 1: Kyle Weems, Missouri State (Missouri
• Week of Jan. 8: Damian Lillard, Weber State (Big
• Week of Jan. 15: Brandon Paul, Illinois (Big Ten
• Week of Jan. 22: Faisal Aden, Washington State (Pac-12
• Week of Jan. 29: Mason Plumlee, Duke (Atlantic Coast
• Week of Feb. 5: Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh (Big East
• Week of Feb. 12: Jeff Withey, Kansas (Big 12 Conference)
• Week of Feb. 19: Draymond Green, Michigan State
(Big Ten Conference)