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Vol. 51, No. 4 • May 2014 • .pdf version
McDermott, Parker, Marshall win USBWA honors
The winners of the Oscar Robertson, Wayman Tisdale and Henry Iba trophies come from America's heartland.
Creighton forward Doug McDermott is the winner of the USBWA's Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the nation's top player, and Duke's Jabari Parker, a Chicago native, won the Wayman Tisdale Award, given to the nation's top freshman. Gregg Marshall of Wichita State is the winner of the Henry Iba Award, given to the nation's top coach. McDermott, Parker and Marshall were presented with their awards on Monday, April 14, at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards Gala in Oklahoma City.
McDermott, a 6-foot-8 senior from Ames, Iowa, becomes just the 19th player in the 58-year history of the team to earn three-time USBWA All-America honors. He finished the regular season as the national leader the nation in scoring (26.9). He scored 20 points or more in 26 of 30 games, including a career-high 45 points on a Senior Night victory over Providence. In the process, he moved up to seventh in NCAA history with 3,011 career points.
Parker, a 6-8 forward, averaged 19.2 points and 9.0 rebounds for Duke. His 16 20-point games are tied for second-most in ACC history, three shy of the record.
Parker scored in double figures in 17 straight games and in 32 of 34, breaking the Duke freshman record held by Gene Banks and Luol Deng.
Led by Marshall, Wichita State became the first team to end a regular season unbeaten since Saint Joseph's in 2004 and the first to enter the NCAA Tournament without a loss, at 34-0, since UNLV in 1991. The Shockers, who reached the Final Four in 2013, finished the season ranked No. 2 in the AP poll.
The USBWA's first-team All-Americans include McDermott, Parker, Arizona's Nick Johnson, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Louisville's Russ Smith.
Johnson, a 6-3 junior guard from Gilbert, Ariz., is the Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Year. He led the Wildcats in scoring (16.1) and is second in assists (2.8) and steals (1.2). He became the 48th member of Arizona's 1,000-point club in mid-January.
Napier, a 6-1 senior from Roxbury, Mass., led the Huskies in scoring (17.8), rebounding (6.0), and assists (5.2), on his way to becoming the only player in school history to lead the team in all three categories.
Smith, is a 6-0 senior from Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the American Athletic Conference's fourth-leading scorer (17.5), while ranking third in assists (4.8).
The second team featured four seniors, including forward Cleanthony Early of Wichita State; Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim, the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year; forward C.J. Fair of Syracuse; and Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick. Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, rounded out the second team.
USBWA All-America Teams
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