ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball
Writers Association has selected 12 standout players for
its 2019-20 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List.
Members of the association's board of directors chose the players
that will be considered as contenders for the National Player of
Oscar Robertson Trophy is to be presented by its
namesake at the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta in April and the winner
will be honored at the USBWA Awards Dinner on April 13 at the Missouri
Athletic Club in St. Louis.
The bulk of the watch list is composed of two players from each
of the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences,
including the nation's scoring leader, Markus Howard
of Marquette, and the national field goal percentage leader,
Udoka Azubuike of Kansas.
Howard averages 27.3 points per game and recently became the
72nd player in NCAA history to reach the career 2,500-point mark.
The senior is averaging 28.2 points per game in Big East play and
has 10 30-point games this season.
Azubuike's 75.0 percent accuracy includes 11 games of 80 percent
or better and he also leads the Big 12 in rebounding (9.6 per game)
and double-doubles (10).
Kansas sophomore guard Devon Dotson leads the
Big 12 in scoring at 18.1 points per game and free throws made at
106. He has seven 20-point efforts this season and had a career-high
11 assists at TCU last Saturday.
San Diego State junior guard Malachi Flynn is
the only player in the nation to average 16.5 points and five assists
with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3:1 or better; he has scored
in double figures in 24 of 25 games for the only undefeated team
in the country.
Iowa center Luka Garza is one of only two players
to average better than 23 points and 9.9 rebounds per game and
Big Ten scoring leader (23.1). He also has 13 double-doubles
(second in the Big Ten) and is fourth in Big Ten rebounding.
Michigan State senior guard Cassius Winston
is one of only eight Division I players averaging at least 18.0
points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. He is the Big Ten's
career leader in assists (849).
Jordan Nwora of Louisville leads the ACC in
scoring (18.8) and his 469 points this year is the second-most by
a U of L player through 25 games over the last 20 seasons. The preseason
ACC Player of the Year has 13 20-point games.
Myles Powell is averaging 21.4 points per game
for Seton Hall – the current Big East leader – which is 12th
nationally and second in the conference. He recently became the
program's all-time leader in three-point field goals.
Oregon guard Payton Pritchard entered the week
as the only player in the nation leading his conference in both
scoring (19.5) and assists (6.0) and is one of just four players
averaging at least 19 points, four rebounds and five assists per
game. The senior is the first player in Pac-12 history to reach
1,700 career points, 600 career assists and 500 career rebounds.
Filip Petrusev of second-ranked Gonzaga is one
of three sophomores on the list along with Dotson and Obi
Toppin of Dayton. Petrusev averages a team-high 17.2 points
per game. Toppin posted his seventh double-double earlier this week
along with his 12th 20-point game and he leads the nation in
dunks (80). Duke center Vernon Carey
Jr. is the lone freshman on the list and has 11 double-doubles
Following is the complete watch list:
2019-20 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
||Udoka Azubuike, Kansas
||Vernon Carey Jr., Duke
||Southwest Ranches, Fla.
||Devon Dotson, Kansas
||Malachi Flynn, San Diego
||Luka Garza, Iowa
||Markus Howard, Marquette
||Jordan Nwora, Louisville
||Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga
||Myles Powell, Seton Hall
||Payton Pritchard, Oregon
||West Linn, Ore.
||Obi Toppin, Dayton
||Cassius Winston, Michigan
conference: ACC 2; Big East 2; Big Ten 2; Big 12
2; Atlantc 10 1; Mountain West 1; Pac-12 1; West Coast 1.
class: Seniors 4; Juniors 4; Sophomores 3; Freshmen
While these standout players are contenders for the Oscar Robertson
Trophy, all NCAA Division I players are eligible for postseason
honors from the USBWA. For the 11th straight season, the USBWA is
presenting an Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week each Tuesday
that began Nov. 19.
In March, the USBWA will announce its 2019-20 All-America Team
and, at that time, finalists will also be chosen for the player
of the year. Once finalists are announced, the entire USBWA membership
will vote for the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
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 player of the year award
and the only one named after a former player.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was
formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter
Byers. With more than 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.