ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected UCLA guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad as its Oscar
Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week
of Sunday, Dec. 30. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by
Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out
each Tuesday through Feb. 19 this season. This week's award was
released today due to the New Year's Day holiday.
As the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week,
Muhammad 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.
Muhammad, a 6-6 freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., scored 27
points in a 97-94 overtime win over then-No. 7 Missouri.
Muhammad was 10-19 from the field and made two three-pointers in
overtime that put the Bruins ahead for good. This season, he has
scored in double figures in all 10 games played, and has
recorded 20 or more points five times. For the Bruins, The
victory was the first win over a top-10 non-conference team
since Nov. 20, 2007.
This is the fourth 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. The winner of the
Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by Aflac will be presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson,
at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards
on April 15, 2013, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage
Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year
Award and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman
of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to
be held annually the Monday following the 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 32nd
season, bigger and better in 2012-13. 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
2012-13 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
• Week of Dec. 9: Brandon Paul, Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
• Week of Dec. 16: Doug McDermott, Creighton (Missouri Valley Conference)
• Week of Dec. 23: Victor Rudd, South Florida (Big East Conference)
• Week of Dec. 30: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA (Pac-12 Conference)
• Week of Jan. 6: Trey Burke, Michigan (Big Ten Conference)
• Week of Jan. 13: Elston Turner, Texas A&M (Southeastern Conference)
• Week of Jan. 20: Roosevelt Jones, Butler (Atlantic 10 Conference)
• Week of Jan. 27: Darrun Hilliard, Villanova (Big East Conference)
• Week of Feb. 3: Shane Larkin, Miami (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week of Feb. 10: Mason Plumlee, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week of Feb. 17: Michael Lyons, Air Force (Mountain West Conference)