ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Maryland forward Bruno Fernando as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 13. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
As the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Fernando 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. The USBWA has named Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week since the 2009-10 season.
The 6-10 sophomore from Luanda, Angola, led the Terrapins to a pair of wins last week with two double-doubles coming from an outstanding series of shooting from the floor, averaging 17.5 points and 12 rebounds per game with 72.7 percent accuracy (16-of-22). Fernando scored a career-high 25 points off 11-of-12 field goal shooting in Maryland's win over then-No. 22 Indiana, and hauled in 13 rebounds as the Terps rallied from a 14-point early deficit. He opened the week with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a gritty 15-point win at Minnesota.
Fernando currently leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (68.5) and blocked shots per game (2.24).
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.
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 Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
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2018-19 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 2: Markus Howard, Marquette (Big
· Week ending Dec. 9: Admiral
Schofield, Tennessee (Southeastern Conference)
Week ending Dec. 16: Juwan Morgan, Indiana (Big Ten
· Week ending Dec. 23: Markus Howard,
Marquette (Big East Conference)
· Week ending
Dec. 30: Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra (Colonial Athletic Association)
Week ending Jan. 6: Shamorie Ponds, St. John's (Big
· Week ending Jan. 13: Bruno
Fernando, Maryland (Big Ten Conference)
ending Jan. 20: Ja Morant, Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference)
Week ending Jan. 27: Grant Williams, Tennessee (Southeastern
· Week ending Feb. 3: Chris Clemons,
Campbell (Big South Conference)
· Week ending
Feb. 10: Robert Franks, Washington State (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 17: PJ Washington, Kentucky (Southeastern
Week ending Feb. 24: Mike Daum, South Dakota State (Summit League)
Week ending March 3: Fletcher Magee, Wofford (Southern Conference)