ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball
Writers Association will honor the nation's top men's and
women's players and coaches at the College Basketball Awards
Dinner, hosted by the Missouri Athletic Club
on April 13 in St. Louis.
USBWA will present the Oscar Robertson Trophy to
the men's player of the year; the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award
to the women's player of the year; the Henry Iba Award
to the men's coach of the year; the Wayman Tisdale Award
to the men's freshman of the year; the Tamika Catchings
Award to the women's freshman of the year; and the women's
coach of the year award.
The Missouri Athletic Club was the first to host this celebration
of college basketball in 2005, said USBWA Executive Director Malcolm
Moran. We are excited to be in a partnership with the MAC and look
forward to sharing this occasion with them.
The USBWA will present awards for the women's freshman of the
year and the women's coach of the year for the first time to go
with the women's player of the year award and the three men's awards
for player, coach and freshman of the year. This will be the third
straight year the MAC has hosted the CBA Dinner.
We appreciate our partnership with the USBWA and look forward
to continuing to host the College Basketball Awards, MAC President
Kevin Cantwell said. Having the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments
of the best in college basketball fits perfectly with the MAC's
tradition of celebrating athletic excellence.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy honors arguably the greatest player
in college basketball history. It is the only men's college basketball
player of the year award named after a player. The Henry Iba Award
recognizes the legendary Oklahoma A&M coach who won two national
championships and two gold medals and one silver in the Olympics.
Tisdale is the first freshman selected to the USBWA's All-America
Meyers, a four-time All-American at UCLA, became the first woman
to sign an NBA contract. Catchings, who has a hearing impairment,
is a four-time All-American at Tennessee and was the national player
of the year in 2000. She is one of only five athletes in the world
with four Olympic basketball gold medals.
Tickets for the dinner are $150 each and will be available for
purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org beginning on
For additional information, contact Joe Mitch with the USBWA
(314-795-6821) and Jim Wilson with the MAC (314-539-4488).
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 Malcolm
Moran at 814-574-1485.