ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected the Creighton forward Doug McDermott
as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games
ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 12. The USBWA's weekly honor
is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and
is announced exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "Inside College
As the Big East Conferennce Player of the Week, McDermott 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.
McDermott, a 6-8 senior from Ames, Iowa, helped the Bluejays
remain undefeated in Big East play by averaging 27.0 points, 6.0
rebounds and 3.5 assists in wins over DePaul and Xavier.
McDermott had 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in
Creighton's 81-62 win at DePaul on Tuesday. On Sunday, McDermott
scored Creightons first eight points after the team fell behind
12-0 to Xavier, and would finish with 35 points, seven rebounds
and three assists. He had 20 points in the second half.
For the third time in his
career, McDermott has been honored as the National Player of the
Week by the USBWA. McDermott has earned the honor once in each of
the previous two seasons (Week of Dec. 16, 2013, and week of Dec.
25, 2012) while Creighton was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
This is the fifth 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 will be presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the
Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April
14 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
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2013-14 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 8: Dustin Hogue, Iowa State (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Dec. 15: Marcus Paige, North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week of Dec. 22: Aaric Murray, Texas Southern (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
Week of Dec. 29: DeAndre Kane, Iowa State (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Jan. 5: Willis Hall, College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association)
Week of Jan. 12: Doug McDermott, Creighton (Big East Conference)
Week of Jan. 19: Naadir Tharpe, Kansas (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Jan. 26: Nik Stauskas, Michigan (Big Ten Conference)
Week of Feb. 2: Drew Crawford, Northwestern (Big Ten Conference)
Week of Feb. 9: Melvin Ejim, Iowa State (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Feb. 16: Doug McDermott, Creighton (Big East Conference)
Week of Feb. 23: Julius Randle, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)