INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Wisconsin senior forward
Frank Kaminsky as the winner of the 2014-15
Oscar Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the National
Player of the Year. The announcement was made at a news conference
today at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the NCAA Men's Final Four.
The USBWA All-American and District V Player of the Year, Kaminsky
was chosen as the national player of the year based on regular-season
performance. Kaminsky will be officially presented the Oscar Robertson Trophy
on Tues., April 14 at the Devon Energy College Basketball
Awards gala at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
in Oklahoma City.
Head coach Bo Ryan and the entire Wisconsin team joined
Kaminsky and Oscar Robertson for the announcement. "To have
Frank Kaminsky receive this (award) as the player of the year
speaks volumes to what he has done to elevate our program and
his teammates," Ryan said. "He's one of a kind, I can tell you
"This is obviously a great award and I am honored to receive
it," Kaminsky said. "I have to thank my family, who have really
helped me grow as a person and grow as a basketball player. I'm
just so honored to receive this award."
"He's everything that college basketball is supposed to be
about," said USBWA President Dana O'Neil of ESPN. "[He's] a
great player and a great person."
The 7-0, 242-pounder from Lisle, Ill., becomes the first USBWA
national player of the year from Wisconsin and the third from a
Big Ten Conference school since the 2009-10 season. Michigan's Trey
Burke won the honor two seasons ago and Ohio State's Evan Turner
was the player of the year in the 2009-10 season. Four other Big
Ten players have been named the USBWA National Player of the Year
(Purdue's Glenn Robinson in 1993-94, Indiana's Calbert Cheaney in
1992-93, Michigan's Cazzie Russell in 1965-66 and Ohio State's Jerry
Lucas in both the 1969-61 and 1961-62 seasons).
Kaminsky, the consensus Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big
Ten Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, has led the Badgers to
a school-record 35 wins, the Big Ten regular-season and tournament
championships and a second straight Final Four, where they will
face unbeaten Kentucky on Saturday night. He leads the 35-3 Badgers
in points (18.7), rebounds (8.0), assists (99), blocks (54), field
goal percentage (.549) and 3-point field goal percentage (.415),
while ranking 2nd in steals (32). He also leads the team in free
throws made (146) and attempted (188). Kaminsky is the only player
in NCAA Division I averaging at least 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds,
2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.
In 15 games, including 12 of Wisconsin's last 21, Kaminsky has
reached the 20-point mark and he has scored in double figures in
31 straight games and 36 of 37 games played this season.
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 405-640-0406, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The April 14 banquet will also honor Virginia coach Tony Bennett
with the Henry Iba Award as the national coach of the year, Duke
center Jahlil Okafor with the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award as the
national freshman of the year.
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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