The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 15 players as finalists for its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy.
Members of the association’s board of directors chose the finalists and the entire 975-member USBWA will vote on the award winner.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy recipient will be announced on April 4, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at a press conference in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
The 15 finalists for the Player of the Year award include:
Guard/Forward Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Forward Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico
Forward Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Forward Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
Guard Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Forward C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Guard Nick Johnson, Arizona
Guard Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Forward Doug McDermott, Creighton
Guard Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Forward Jabari Parker, Duke
Forward Casey Prather, Florida
Forward Julius Randle, Kentucky
Guard Russ Smith, Louisville
Guard Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
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.
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