USBWA nails its 12-member Midseason Oscar Robertson list
Usually, I love to pick these lists apart -- whether it's the Wooden, Naismith or Oscar Robertson awards. However, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association did a terrific job in identifying the 12 players who deserved to be on the midseason list for the Oscar Robertson award.
|Victor Oladipo's strong recent performance found him a spot on the midseason watch list. (US Presswire)|
I'm not just saying this because it's a collection of the best writers in college hoops, but the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) panel got it right with the 12 members of the Oscar Robertson Midseason Watch List. I don't have a single complaint -- and that's extremely rare for me. OK, well, I might have found a spot for Georgetown's Otto Porter -- but it's not an egregious omission.
Those involved in the call, according to USBWA president John Akers, were the following: Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Frank Burlison, Kirk Wessler (Peoria Journal-Star), Pat Forde (Yahoo) Matt Vautour (Daily Hampshire Gazette), Kevin Armstrong (New York Daily News), Steve Wiseman (Durham Herald-Sun), Mike Lopresti (USA Today), Tom Keegan (Lawrence Journal World), Wally Hall (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette), Tom Kensler (Denver Post) and Chris Dortch (Blue Ribbon).
The award will be presented to the National Player of the Year on April 15 in Oklahoma City, along with the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award and the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award:
Here are the dozen players on the list (in alphabetical order).
Anthony Bennett , F, Fr., UNLV Rebels
Trey Burke , PG, Fr., Michigan Wolverines
Michael Carter-Williams , PG, Soph., Syracuse Orange
Doug McDermott , F, Jr., Creighton Bluejays
Ben McLemore , 6-5, SG, RS Fr., Kansas Jayhawks
Victor Oladipo , 6-5, SG, Jr., Indiana Hoosiers
Kelly Olynyk , 7-0, C, Jr., Gonzaga Bulldogs
Mason Plumlee , 6-10, C, Sr., Duke Blue Devils
Russ Smith , 6-0, G, Jr., Louisville Cardinals
Deshaun Thomas , 6-7, F, Jr., Ohio State Buckeyes
Jeff Withey , 7-0, C, Sr., Kansas
Cody Zeller , 7-0, C, Soph., Indiana
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