ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected Oklahoma guard Trae Young as its
Oscar Robertson National
Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec.
The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball
Young repeats as this week's honoree based on his historic
week. As the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week he was
nominated for the weekly award, and then chosen by a
representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of
Division I conference players of the week. This is the ninth
season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the
The 6-2 freshman guard from Norman, Okla., helped Oklahoma to
a 2-0 week, averaging 28.5 points, 17.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds
in 28 minutes per game while shooting 18-of-32 (.563) from the
field and 11-of-19 (.579) from 3-point range.
Last Tuesday against Northwestern State, Young's 22 assists
tied an NCAA record for most assists in a game (assists became
official in 1983-84) while breaking both Oklahoma and Big 12
records (both were 18 assists). Young is the fourth player in
recorded college basketball history to register 22 assists and
the first since Sherman Douglas of Syracuse in 1989, and since
the NCAA began recording assists in 1983, Young is the only
freshman to dish out 20 or more assists in a game. He continued
his scoring prowess as well, with 26 points and four rebounds in
29 minutes while shooting 9-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from
Young is the first NCAA player to record over 20 points and
20 assists in at least 20 years. Youngs performance is also the
first 20-point, 20-assist game in Big 12 history and the first
20-20 game of any kind in the conference since Rico Gathers of
Baylor had 31 points and 21 rebounds in 2015 (also against
Last Friday against Northwestern, Young produced 31 points
and 12 assists in 27 minutes while shooting 9-of-16 and 8-of-13
from the field. The performance was the second time this season
Young has recorded at least 30 points and 10 assists in a game.
Per ESPN Stats and Info, Young joins Chris Thomas (2001-02 Notre
Dame) as the only players from a major conference in the last 20
seasons to have a pair of 30-point, 10-assist games in the same
season. Additionally, prior to this season, on only one occasion
had a Big 12 player accomplished the feat (Curtis Jerrells of
Baylor in 2009).
Young continues to lead the nation in scoring at 28.7 points
per game and in assists with 10.4 per game. His 10th consecutive
game of 20-plus points is Oklahoma's first since Stacey King had
11 straight in the 1988-89 season. Young reached a double-double
before halftime in both games last week, averaging 20.0 points
and 11.5 assists in the first half alone.
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 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
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season. 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
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2017-18 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 3: Devonté Graham, Kansas (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 10: Shannon Evans II, Arizona State (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 17: Trae Young, Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 24: Trae Young, Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 31: Kelan Martin, Butler (Big East Conference)
Week ending Jan. 7: Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State (Big Ten Conference)