INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Duke forward Matthew
Hurt as its Oscar Robertson National Player
of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan.
the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, Hurt 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.
Hurt, a 6-9 sophomore from Rochester, Minn., averaged 21.5
points and 8.5 rebounds last week in wins over Boston College
and Wake Forest.
Hurt recorded his second double-double of the season with 17
points and 11 rebounds in an 83-82 win over Boston College last
Wednesday. Seven of his 17 points came in the games final 5:15,
including a layup to pull Duke within 69-68, a layup that tied
the game at 73 after a pair of his own offensive rebounds and a
3-pointer with 1:30 left to give Duke a 78-75 lead. He then
scored a career-high 26 points with six boards in the 79-68
victory over Wake Forest on Saturday. His 10 made field goals
and three steals in the win over Wake Forest were also career
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.
2020-21 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 20: Boo Buie, Northwestern (Big Ten
Week ending Dec. 27: Corey Kispert,
Gonzaga (West Coast Conference)
Jan. 3: Liam Robbins, Minnesota (Big Ten Conference)
Jan. 10: Matthew Hurt, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Jan. 17: Matt Lewis, James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association)
All-time USBWA National
Players of the Week (Since 2009-10)