INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis as its
Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for
games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 9.
As the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Davis 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 and Davis is the first Wisconsin player
to earn this weekly honor.
A 6-5 sophomore guard from La Crosse, Wis., Davis helped No.
13 Wisconsin (13-2) to a 3-0 week averaging 27.3 points, 10.0 rebounds
and 3.0 assists per game during that span highlighted by a career-high
37-point effort in a 74-9 win at then-No. 3 Purdue. Davis added
14 rebounds in that Jan. 3 win, then capped the week off Sunday
night with a 19-point effort at Maryland as the Badgers extended
their win streak to five games, 87-78.
Davis is currently
fifth in the nation, averaging 22.3 points per game while also leading
Wisconsin in rebounds (7.3 rpg), assists (2.7 apg) and steals (1.4
spg) and listing third on the team with 10 blocks. The career night
at Purdue sparked the week as Davis continued with a team-high 26
points with nine rebounds and matched a career-high with five assists
in Thursday's 87-78 home win against Iowa that matched the nations
scoring leader, the Hawkeyes' Keegan Murray, who had 27 points.
Davis first gained acclaim this season as the 2021 Maui Jim Invitational
Tournament MVP in November. Prior to the season's start, Davis won
a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup
averaging 4.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.4 minutes
per game over the seven-game tournament in July.
The Badgers continue Big Ten play on Thursday hosting No. 16
Ohio State (10-3) with a 6 p.m. CT tipoff on ESPN2.
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.
2021-22 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 12: Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona (Pac-12
Week ending Dec. 19: Alondes
Williams, Wake Forest (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Dec. 26: Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky (Southeastern
Week ending Jan. 2: Walker Kessler,
Auburn (Southeastern Conference)
Jan. 9: Johnny Davis, Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Jan. 16: Armando Bacot, North Carolina
(Atlantic Coast Conference)
All-time USBWA National
Players of the Week (Since 2009-10)