ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced today watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award and the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award.
The watch lists include 33 players from 26 schools for the mens national player of the year (Oscar Robertson Trophy), including three players from Kansas and Kentucky; 18 players from 14 schools for men's national freshman player of the year (Wayman Tisdale Award); and 20 players from 16 schools for women·s national player of the year (Ann Meyers Drysdale Award). The women's list is headlined by two-time winner Breanna Stewart of Connecticut.
All three awards will be presented at the College Basketball Awards gala in Oklahoma City on April 11, 2016, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Access Sports, a non-profit organization committed to supporting various charitable causes, will serve as host for the gala. Funds from the gala are used to support youth basketball programs in Oklahoma that allow disadvantaged youth the opportunity to participate in leagues and training.
The USBWA, comprised of nearly 1,000 sports journalists covering college basketball for newspapers, magazines and websites, will select the recipients of the awards. This will be the first time the womens college player of the year will be featured at the gala.
Here are the watch lists:
Jillian Alleyne, Oregon
Nia Davis, Baylor
Nia Coffey, Northwestern
Kahleah Copper, Rutgers
Diamond DeShields, Tennessee
Rebecca Greenwell, Duke
Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut
Jonquel Jones, George Washington
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Leticia Romero, Florida State
Azura Stevens, Duke
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut
Morgan Tuck, Connecticut
Brianna Turner, Notre Dame
Victoria Vivens, Mississippi State
Courtney Williams, Texas A&M
Courtney Williams, South Florida
Aja Wilson, South Carolina
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 1,000 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 its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
• Oscar Robertson Trophy
• Integris Wayman Tisdale Award
• Ann Meyers Drysdale Award