USBWA News from Malcolm Moran News

Detroit Mercy's Davis is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 22.

USBWA unveils Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List

The returning winner who continues to lead the country in rebounding, a two-time All-American and the leading scorer, assist man and double-doubles leader are on the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List. The USBWA’s list highlights 50 outstanding players from 18 different conferences including teammates from six schools.

Florida State's Walsh to receive Katha Quinn Award

In his fourth decade as a college basketball sports-information director, Florida State’s Chuck Walsh has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Katha Quinn Award winner for 2023. He will be presented the award at the Final Four in Houston.

Memphis' Davis is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Memphis guard Kendric Davis as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 15.

Kansas State's Nowell is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 8.

Penn's Padilla, Boston College's Mair are USBWA women's national players of the week

For the season’s fifth weekly women’s awards from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, for games ending Sunday, Jan. 7, Penn guard Kayla Padilla is the Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week, Boston College guard Taina Mair is the Tamika Catchings national freshman recipient and Baylor is the National Team of the Week.

Armstrong headlines winners of the annual Best Writing Contest

Kevin Armstrong, writing for the Newark Star-Ledger, headlined the winners of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's annual best writing contest. The veteran East Coast scribe won in the Enterprise category for his piece in advance of St. Peter's surprise run to the Sweet 16, called by the judge, "A revealing St. Peter's narrative — the background of a story that suddenly, and surprisingly, found itself in college basketball’s foreground." On top of that, Armstrong had two second-place finishes in the Moderate-Length Feature and Game/Spot News categories. His run is almost as magical as that of the team he covered, St. Peter's.

Charlotte's Williams is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Charlotte guard Brice Williams its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 1.

South Carolina's Jackson is USBWA National Freshman of the Week

GG Jackson II ranks second among all freshmen in points scored per game this season and sixth in rebounds per game as he continues to produce like one of the best rookies in America. That continued this week in leading South Carolina to a 10-point win over former five-star recruit Emoni Bates and his Eastern Michigan team on Friday where he dropped a career-high 24 points and added nine rebounds.

Alabama's Miller is USBWA National Freshman of the Week

There were 13 players in the 2022 class ranked ahead of five-star prospect and Alabama freshman Brandon Miller. None, though, have been nearly as impactful and productive as has Miller for the Crimson Tide this season. Six weeks into the season, Miller has been a mainstay at the top of our rankings of college basketball's best newbies and that continues this week after putting up 24 and 36 points in two outings this last week against Memphis and Gonzaga, respectively.

Chattanooga's Stephens is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Chattanooga center Jake Stephens its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 18.

Miami's Wong is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Miami guard Isaiah Wong its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 11.

Arkansas' Smith Jr. is USBWA National Freshman of the Week

Smith Jr. has played in just three games thus far for Arkansas -- four if you count his five minutes off the bench in debuting against Troy in late November when he logged only one rebound and no points -- and yet he's already dazzling in his one (and likely done) season with the Hogs. His Frosh of the Week honors come after 22 and 21 point performances against UNC-Greensboro and Oklahoma, respectively, both of which resulted in wins during the Tuesday-Monday cycle.

Arkansas' Black is USBWA National Freshman of the Week

This was a toss-up all week until Monday when Anthony Black went out and took the award running away. Black was the catalyst to No. 9 Arkansas' smackdown of Louisville in its 80-54 win in the Maui Invitational, posting a career-high 26 points and six assists to go with a pair of steals and a team-high plus-minus of +27. 

Welcome to the 2022-23 college basketball season

Thank you for joining the USBWA for the 2022-23 season. As we get set for tipoff, here is a welcome note from president Luke DeCock. Please note the digital edition of the membership directory will be posted shortly and the print copy, along with your membership card, will be in the mail to you in a couple of weeks. You can use the new online membership portal.

USBWA mourns the passing of Perry Wallace Courage Award winner Justin Hardy

Washington University student-athlete Justin Hardy died of stomach cancer Sunday morning after a year in which he refused to allow a stage 4 diagnosis to get in the way of his goals. Hardy was one of two athletes given the Perry Wallace Most Courageous Award by the United States Basketball Writers Association for his refusal to let a terminal prognosis sidetrack his immediate plans.

Kentucky's Tshiebwe wins 2021-22 Oscar Robertson Trophy

Kentucky forward Oscar Tshiebwe, an elite rebounder, a unanimous All-American and the Southeastern Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Year with a prolific double-double average, has been named the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the National Player of the Year as selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Arizona's Lloyd wins 2021-22 Henry Iba Award

Arizona first-year head coach Tommy Lloyd led the Wildcats to the Pac-12 Conference championship and a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. For his smashing debut guiding Arizona to 33 wins and into the Sweet 16, Lloyd has been named the winner of the 2021-22 Henry Iba Award, given annually by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to its national coach of the year.

Auburn's Smith wins 2021-22 Wayman Tisdale Award

Auburn forward Jabari Smith, a dynamic big man who turned the Tigers into one of the nation’s toughest matchups and helped lead the Tigers to the Southeastern Conference regular-season title, is the winner of this season’s Wayman Tisdale Award honoring the National Freshman Player of the Year based on voting by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Smith is Auburn’s first Tisdale Award winner and its first USBWA All-American since 1998-99.

MISSOURI ATHLETIC CLUB TO HOSTCOLLEGE BASKETBALL AWARDS DINNER

Event to feature National Players, Coaches of the Year