On Tuesday, the USBWA announced their list of 15 college basketball players on the preseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Award, given to the best player in college basketball each year.
As expected, Andrew Wiggins was included on the list (full list below).
|2013-14 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST|
|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).|
More information on the award:
While these standout players are the initial contenders for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, all NCAA Division I players are eligible for postseason honors from the USBWA. For the fifth straight season, the USBWA will present an Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week each Tuesday beginning Dec. 10.
In mid-March, the USBWA will announce its 2013-14 All-America Team and, 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.
Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards are available atcollegebasketballawards.com or by contacting Scott Hill (405-749-1515, firstname.lastname@example.org). The April 14 banquet will also honor the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.
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 player of the year award and the only one named after a former player.