Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Award preseason watch list released

The United States Basketball Writers Associated released on Tuesday the 15 players it deems most worthy of being watched in the 2013-14 season.

The Oscar Robertson Award is the USBWA's version of college basketball's MVP award. It's handed out the week after the end of the season every year. Here are the 15 names us writers believe have the best chance to be the best player in the sport by season's end.

Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
G Jahii Carson, Arizona State 5-10 180 So. Mesa, Ariz.
G Aaron Craft, Ohio State 6-2 195 Sr. Findlay, Ohio
F C.J. Fair, Syracuse 6-8 215 Sr. Baltimore, Md.
F Aaron Gordon, Arizona 6-9 225 Fr. San Jose, Calif.
G Gary Harris, Michigan State 6-4 210 So. Fishers, Ind.
G Joe Harris, Virginia 6-6 225 Sr. Chelan, Wash.
F Doug McDermott, Creighton 6-8 225 Sr. Ames, Iowa
F Mitch McGary, Michigan 6-10 255 So. Chesterton, Ind.
G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut 6-1 180 Sr. Roxbury, Mass.
F Jabari Parker, Duke 6-8 235 Fr. Chicago, Ill.
C Adreian Payne, Michigan State 6-10 245 Sr. Dayton, Ohio
F Julius Randle, Kentucky 6-9 250 Fr. Dallas, Texas
G Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 6-4 220 So. Flower Mound, Texas
G Russ Smith, Louisville 6-0 165 Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
G Andrew Wiggins, Kansas 6-8 200 Fr. Vaughan, Ont.
By conference: Big Ten (4), ACC (3), American Athletic (2), Big 12 (2), Pac-12 (2), Big East (1), SEC (1).
By class: Seniors (7), Juniors (0), Sophomores (4), Freshmen (4).

Interesting to note that there are seven seniors on the list. Perhaps that's a good sign! If you want a true breakdown by position, I filter as such:

PG: 4
SG: 2
SF: 5
PF: 4
C: 0

Here are the most recent winners of the award:

2013: Trey Burke
2012: Anthony Davis
2011: Jimmer Fredette
2010: Evan Turner
2009: Blake Griffin

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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