INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S.
Basketball Writers Association has selected Michigan State
guard Cassius Winston as its Oscar Robertson
National Player of the Week for games ending the week of
Sunday, Jan. 5.
the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Winston 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. Once again, the USBWA will select a Division I men's
National Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season.
The USBWA has named Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
since the 2009-10 season.
Winston, a 6-1 senior from Detroit, averaged 26.5 points, 7.5
assists and 3.0 rebounds while connecting on 54.5 percent of his
field goals, including 62.5 percent of his 3-point attempts (5-of-8)
in decisive conference home wins over Illinois and Michigan.
He scored a career-high 32 points and handed out nine assists
on Sunday in the 87-69 win over the Wolverines, then ranked No.
12. On Thursday, he scored 21 points, had six assists and four rebounds
in a 76-56 win over Illinois.
Winston is third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.9), and fourth in the league in assists
In four conference games, he is second in the Big Ten in scoring
(24.3) and third in assists (7.0).
Winston now has
1,675 career points and has 802 career assists, becoming the first
player in Big Ten history with 1,600 career points and 800 career
assists. He needs just 16 more assists to pass Mateen Cleaves (817,
1996-2000) for the all-time lead at Michigan State.
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.
At 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 Malcolm
Moran at 814-574-1485.
2019-20 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Nov. 17: Myles Powell, Seton Hall (Big East Conference)
Week ending Nov. 24: Vernon Carey Jr., Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Dec. 1: Jon Teske, Michigan (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Dec. 8: Luka Garza, Iowa (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Dec. 15: Payton Pritchard, Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 22: Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA (Conference USA)
Week ending Dec. 29: Nick Richards, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)