USBWA Awards Articles
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.
USBWA unveils Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch List
INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The returning winner, six returning All-Americans and three former Freshmen of the Year players are on the United States Basketball Writers Association’s Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch List. The USBWA’s list highlights 21 outstanding basketball players from seven different conferences including teammates from Iowa, South Carolina, Stanford and UConn.
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.
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.
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.
DePaul's Morrow, Florida State's Latson are USBWA women's national players of the week
For the season’s first weekly women’s awards from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, for games ending Sunday, Dec. 11, DePaul sophomore forward Aneesah Morrow is the Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week, Florida State guard Ta’Niyah Latson is the Tamika Catchings National Freshman Player of the Week, while Kansas is the National Team of the Week.
Williams, Petersen are USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
Aaron Williams of Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.) and Kaalyn Petersen of Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending December 4.
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.
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.
South Carolina's Boston wins 2021-22 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award
In her third All-America season with a record-setting double-double streak and Southeastern Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Year accolades, South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston is the winner of the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award 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.
South Carolina's Staley wins 2021-22 National Coach of the Year
Dawn Staley, the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year who has her South Carolina team back in the Final Four for a second consecutive season and contending for the program's second national championship, is the USBWA National Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons. Staley has the SEC-champion Gamecocks (33-2) playing in their fourth Final Four this weekend, each of them under her leadership, following a national semifinal loss to eventual champion Stanford a year ago. In the 2019-20 season, Staley's Gamecocks were 32-1 before Covid forced the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament.
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.
DePaul's Morrow wins 2021-22 Tamika Catchings Award
DePaul forward Aneesah Morrow, who leads the nation in three separate rebounding categories and recorded 27 double-doubles as a second-team USBWA All-American, has won the 2021-22 Tamika Catchings Award as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's National Freshman Player of the Year.
USBWA NAMES 2021-22 WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Seven repeat selections including four from the first team and three three-time members headline the 2021-22 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women's All-America Team. There are 13 different schools represented on the 15-woman team with top-ranked and No. 1 overall NCAA Tournament seed South Carolina and Stanford each boasting two selections.
USBWA UNVEILS 2021-22 MEN'S ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has released its 2021-22 Men's All-District Teams, based on voting from its national membership of 900-plus. The USBWA has selected All-District teams since the 1956-57 season, its founding year.
JONES, HARDY TO RECEIVE PERRY WALLACE MOST COURAGEOUS AWARD
Two exemplary men's college basketball players will share the 2022 Perry Wallace Most Courageous Award. Texas guard Andrew Jones, who has displayed courage since his leukemia diagnosis in 2018, and Washington (Mo.) University forward Justin Hardy, who has been his team's second-leading scorer while battling stomach cancer, have both demonstrated extraordinary courage reflecting honor on amateur basketball.