ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The
U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Washington State
forward Robert Franks as its Oscar Robertson National Player of
the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Feb. 10. The USBWA's
weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
As the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, Franks 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. The USBWA has named Oscar Robertson National Players
of the Week since the 2009-10 season.
The 6-9 senior from Vancouver, Wash., had the best two-game
weekend of his career, averaging 32.5 points with 65 percent
field-goal accuracy (22 of 34 shooting) as Washington State
posted its first weekend conference sweep at Arizona and Arizona State
since the 2006-07 season – and only its third all-time. At Arizona
State, Franks tied his career high with 34 points to go with 13
rebounds and four blocks along with a career-high four steals. He
scored 23 points in the first half in WSU's 91-70 win.
Two nights later at Arizona, Frank poured in 31 points with eight
rebounds, helping the Cougars snap a 13-game losing streak to the
Wildcats with a 69-55 win, its first in the series since the 2009-10
season. That marked his fourth game of 30-plus points this season.
On the weekend, Franks was 9-of-9 from the line to extend his current
free throws-made streak to 28 in a row. He hit 12-of-18 three-pointers
in the two-game set, and averaged 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 2.0
assists and 2.0 blocks.
Franks leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 22.6 points per game that
is also 15th in the nation. He is the first Washington State player
to earn the Pac-12's Player of the Week honor since December, 2015,
and the first Cougars player to earn the Oscar Robertson National
Player of the Week since Jan. 23, 2012. He is now 21st on Washington
State's career-scoring list with his current 1,195 career points.
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
college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 38th
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
Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit
2018-19 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 2: Markus Howard, Marquette (Big
• Week ending Dec. 9: Admiral
Schofield, Tennessee (Southeastern Conference)
Week ending Dec. 16: Juwan Morgan, Indiana (Big Ten
• Week ending Dec. 23: Markus Howard,
Marquette (Big East Conference)
• Week ending
Dec. 30: Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra (Colonial Athletic Association)
Week ending Jan. 6: Shamorie Ponds, St. John's (Big
• Week ending Jan. 13: Bruno
Fernando, Maryland (Big Ten Conference)
ending Jan. 20: Ja Morant, Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference)
Week ending Jan. 27: Grant Williams, Tennessee (Southeastern
• Week ending Feb. 3: Chris Clemons,
Campbell (Big South Conference)
• Week ending
Feb. 10: Robert Franks, Washington State (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 17: PJ Washington, Kentucky (Southeastern
Week ending Feb. 24: Mike Daum, South Dakota State (Summit League)
Week ending March 3: Fletcher Magee, Wofford (Southern Conference)