ARLINGTON, TEXAS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball
Writers Association has selected Creighton senior forward
Doug McDermott as the winner of the 2013-14
Oscar Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the National
Player of the Year. The announcement was made at a news conference
today at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, site of the NCAA
Men's Final Four.
McDermott will be officially presented the Oscar Robertson Trophy
on Mon., April 14
at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards gala
at National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
"It's an unbelievable honor," McDermott said. "I was not old
enough to see Oscar play, but I always heard from my father and
grandfather how great he was."
The 6-8, 225-pounder from Ames Iowa, becomes the first USBWA
national player of the year from Creighton and just the third from
a Big East Conference school. Chris Mullin and Walter Berry, both
from St. John's, won back-to-back player of the year awards in 1985-86.
The 2013-14 season marked Creighton's first season in the Big East.
A three-time USBWA All-American and two-time USBWA District VI
Player of the Year, McDermott was chosen as the national player
of the year based on regular-season performance. He is just the
19th player to earn three-time All-America honors from the USBWA
and the first since Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina (2007-09)
The Big East Player of the Year finished a remarkable collegiate
career with 3,150 points, fifth-most in NCAA history. He leads the
nation in scoring (26.7) and shot 52.6 percent from the field, including
44.9 percent from three-point range, and 86.4 percent from the free-throw
line. He also averaged 7.0 rebounds per game. Twice this season –
and four times in his career – he was named the Oscar Robertson
National Player of the Week by the USBWA. On March 8, in a 45-point
performance against Providence on Senior Night, McDermott passed
Oscar Robertson on the NCAA's career scoring list and became just
the eighth player to score 3,000 career points. Playing for his
father, coach Greg McDermott, he scored 30-plus points in 13 of
35 games while averaging 33.7 minutes per game in a 28-7 season.
"He's a naturally gifted player, and he got a lot of that
from his dad. But he's going to get better," Oscar Robertson
said. "What he did in college, he's going to do more in the
Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire
membership of the association, which consists of more than 900 journalists.
It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former
player. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's first player
of the year in 1959 and was the consensus national player of the
year as a sophomore in 1958, the year before USBWA started giving
its player of the year award. The USBWA renamed the award the Oscar
Robertson Trophy in 1998.
Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy College
Basketball Awards are available at collegebasketballawards.com or
by contacting Scott Hill (405-749-1515, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The April 14 banquet will also honor Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall
with the Henry Iba Award as the national coach of the year, Duke
forward Jabari Parker with the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award as
the national freshman of the year and Kansas coach Bill Self as
the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was
formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter
Byers. Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in
college basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its award
programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
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