Dec. 5, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Malcolm Moran
814-574-1485
Association picks 46 players to watch
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ROBERTSON TROPHY WATCH LIST

INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 46 standout players for its initial watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented to the men's national player of the year.

Oscar Robertson TrophySince its founding in 1956, the USBWA has named a national player of the year. In the 1997-98 season, the award was named in honor of the legendary Oscar Robertson, "The Big O." In addition, the USBWA selects an All-America team and All-District teams, players and coaches of the year.

The 2019-20 Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented at the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta in April. The winner will be also be honored at the annual USBWA Awards Luncheon at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Mon., April 13, 2020. The association's Henry Iba Award (national coach of the year) and Wayman Tisdale Award (national freshman player of the year) winners will also be honored at the luncheon as well as the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award and the Tamika Catchings Award, honoring the women's national and freshman players of the year.

While all Division I players are eligible for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the USBWA board has chosen the players on the watch list to promote the award and give the membership, which votes on all USBWA awards, an early look at some of the best players in the country. In January, the USBWA will release a second watch list, followed by finalists after All-America balloting is complete in March. Last season, Duke's Zion Williamson was the recipient of both the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Wayman Tisdale Award.

The USBWA formally expanded its All-America team to 15 players in 2019 and many of the players on this watch list will contend for All-America honors. In addition, the USBWA continues to name an Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week each Tuesday.

Following is the complete 2019-20 Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List:

2019-20 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY WATCH LIST
Pos. First Team Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
G Ty-Shon Alexander, Creighton 6-4 195 Jr. Charlotte, N.C.
G Cole Anthony, North Carolina 6-3 190 Fr. New York, N.Y.
C Udoka Azubuike, Kansas 7-0 270 Jr. Delta, Nigeria
G Desmond Bane, TCU 6-6 215 Sr. Richmond, Ind.
C Charles Bassey, WKU 6-11 230 So. Lagos, Nigeria
F Kerry Blackshear Jr., Florida 6-10 241 Gr. Orlando, Fla.
G Jared Butler, Baylor 6-3 190 So. Reserve, La.
G Anthony Cowan, Maryland 6-0 180 Sr. Bowie, Md.
G Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati 6-5 210 Sr. Wilmington, Ohio
G Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy 6-1 160 So. Birmingham, Ala.
F Mamadi Diakite, Virginia 6-9 224 Sr. Conakry, Guinea
G Devon Dotson, Kansas 6-2 185 So. Charlotte, N.C.
F Anthony Edwards, Georgia 6-5 225 Fr. Atlanta, Ga.
G Jordan Ford, Saint Mary's 6-1 175 Sr. Folsom, Calif.
C Luka Garza, Iowa 6-11 260 Jr. Washington, D.C.
G Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson 6-5 200 Sr. Grindavik, Iceland
F TJ Holyfield, Texas Tech 6-8 225 Sr. Albuquerque, N.M.
G Markus Howard, Marquette 5-11 180 Sr. Chandler, Ariz.
G Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA 6-0 170 Jr. Bayamon, Puerto Rico
G Tre Jones, Duke 6-3 185 So. Apple Valley, Minn.
F/C Nathan Knight, William & Mary 6-10 253 Sr. Syracuse, N.Y.
F Anthony Lamb, Vermont 6-6 227 Sr. Rochester, N.Y.
G Jermaine Marrow, Hampton 6-0 182 Sr. Newport News, Va.
G Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky 6-3 198 Fr. Garland, Texas
G Skylar Mays, LSU 6-4 205 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
G Sam Merrill, Utah State 6-5 205 Sr. Bountiful, Utah
F John Mooney, Notre Dame 6-9 245 Sr. Orlando, Fla.
F Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt 6-6 213 So. Charleston, S.C.
F Zeke Nnaji, Arizona 6-11 240 Fr. Hopkins, Minn.
F Jordan Nwora, Louisville 6-7 225 Jr. Buffalo, N.Y.
F Reggie Perry, Mississippi State 6-10 250 So. Thomasville, Ga.
F Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga 6-11 235 So. Belgrade, Serbia
G Myles Powell, Seton Hall 6-2 195 Sr. Trenton, N.J.
G Payton Pritchard, Oregon 6-2 190 Sr. West Linn, Ore.
F Nick Rakocevic, USC 6-11 225 Sr. Chicago, Ill.
G Jordan Roland, Northeastern 6-1 171 Sr. Syracuse, N.Y.
F Marcus Santos-Silva, VCU 6-7 250 Jr. Taunton, Mass.
F Lamar Stevens, Penn State 6-8 225 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa.
C Jon Teske, Michigan 7-1 265 Sr. Medina, Ohio
F Tres Tinkle, Oregon State 6-7 225 Sr. Missoula, Mont.
F Obi Toppin, Dayton 6-9 220 So. Brooklyn, N.Y.
F Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State 6-9 270 Jr. Westerville, Ohio
G Cassius Winston, Michigan State 6-1 185 Sr. Detroit, Mich.
C James Wiseman, Memphis 7-1 240 Fr. Nashville, Tenn.
G McKinley Wright IV, Colorado 6-0 196 Jr. North Robbinsdale, Minn.
C Omer Yurtseven, Georgetown 7-0 264 Sr. Istanbul, Turkey

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.

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