ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected South Carolina guard Devan Downey as its
Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending
the week of Sunday, Jan. 31. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented
by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed
out each Tuesday through Feb. 23 this season.
As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Downey was
nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative
of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference
players of the week.
Downey, a 5-9 senior from Chester, S.C., led the Gamecocks to
two SEC victories, scoring a combined 63 points, including a 30-point
effort in Carolina's 68-62 upset victory over previously unbeaten
No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday. The win was South Carolina's first ever
vs. the top-ranked team in the AP poll. Downey added five rebounds,
three assists and two steals while shooting 10-for-11 from the free-throw
He followed up with a 33-point effort in a 78-77 win over Georgia
on Saturday. The game was his third consecutive with 30-plus points
and his fifth in seven SEC games this season.
This is the first season that the USBWA has selected a national
player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of
the Week is added to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which
will be released at mid-season.
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.
the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists
for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership of the
USBWA. The winner of the 2010 Oscar Robertson Trophy will be announced
and presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA's annual
awards breakfast on Fri., April 2 in Indianapolis, site of the 2010
NCAA Men's Final Four.
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
Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the most comprehensive
college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 29th
season, bigger and better in 2009-10. Blue Ribbon – long-known as
"The Bible of College Basketball" – gives its readers the most thorough,
up-to-date and timely evaluations of every Division I team in the
country. For more information about Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit
2009-10 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
• Week of Dec. 13: Gordon Hayward, Butler
• Week of Dec. 20: Jon Scheyer, Duke
• Week of Dec. 27: Devin Ebanks, West Virginia
• Week of Jan. 3: Jimmer Fredette, BYU
• Week of Jan. 10: Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
• Week of Jan. 17: Damion James, Texas
• Week of Jan. 24: Adrian Oliver, San Jose State
• Week of Jan. 31: Devan Downey, South Carolina
• Week of Feb. 7: Denis Clemente, Kansas State
• Week of Feb. 14: Jerome Randle, California