ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Creighton forward Doug McDermott is among 20 players selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for its 2012 Oscar
Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List. Members of the
association's board of directors chose the players to be
included on the list as contenders for the Oscar Robertson
Trophy, to be presented to the national player of the year
by its namesake in New Orleans at the USBWA's College Basketball
Awards Breakfast on March 30.
McDermott ranks third nationally in scoring (23.4) and eighth in field goal percentage (.624) for Creighton, which is 21-3. He's previously been named to the Midseason Watch List for the John Wooden Award.
Three North Carolina teammates and a pair of Kentucky
freshman headline the list. The Tar Heel trio of Harrison
Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller join Wildcat first-year
phenoms Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The list also
includes Indiana's Cody Zeller, Tyler's younger brother.
Three Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week from this
season are featured as well: Damian Lillard from Weber State, McDermott from Creighton and Thomas Robinson of Kansas.
Last season's Wayman Tisdale Award winner as the National
Freshman of the Year, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State, is also
among the players to watch down the stretch.
Overall, the list is balanced by class with five seniors, six
juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen appearing. The
Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference each boast
four players on the list to lead all conferences, while a total
of nine conferences are represented.
conference: ACC (4); SEC (4); Big Ten (3); Big 12
(3); Big East (2); Big Sky (1); Missouri Valley (1);
Mountain West (1); Ohio Valley (1).
class: Seniors (5); Juniors (6); Sophomores (6);
While these standout players are the leading contenders to be
named to the USBWA's All-America Team and as finalists for the
Oscar Robertson Trophy, all Division I players remain eligible
for postseason honors from the USBWA. The association will
announce its 2012 All-America Team in mid-March. At that time,
finalists will also be chosen for the player of the year. Once
finalists are announced, the entire USBWA membership will vote
for the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
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.
Tickets for the USBWA's College Basketball Awards Breakfast
are $75 and $750 for a table of ten. They can be purchased
online at the association's official website, usbwa.com, or by
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