HOUSTON (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Oklahoma senior guard
Buddy Hield as the winner of the 2015-16 Oscar
Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the National Player
of the Year. The announcement was made at a news conference today
at NRG Stadium, where the Sooners (29-7) take on Villanova in the
NCAA Men's Final Four on Saturday.
Affectionately known as "Buddy Buckets," the USBWA
All-American and District VI Player of the Year, Hield was chosen
as the national player of the year based on regular-season performance.
Hield will be officially presented the Oscar Robertson Trophy on
Mon., April 11 at the College Basketball Awards
gala at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma
"Buddy Hield is richly deserving of the Oscar Robertson
Trophy. He is a thrilling shooter and scorer who has led his team
to the pinnacle of college basketball success, the Final Four,"
said USBWA President Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports. "Like Oscar
himself, he also is a complete player capable of filling the stat
sheet in a number of categories. But most importantly, Buddy is
a self-made star from very humble beginnings in the Bahamas who
has seized the four-year opportunity college basketball has provided
to make himself the best he can be. The sport is better because
The 6-4, 214-pounder from Freeport, Bahamas, becomes the second
Oscar Robertson Trophy winner from Oklahoma, joining Blake Griffin
from the 2008-09 season. The two-time Big 12 Conference Player of
the Year enters the Final Four as the nation's second-leading scorer
(25.4 ppg). He leads the nation in three-point field goals per game
(4.1) and has 12 30-point games this season, including a 37-point
performance in the West Regional Final win over Oregon. Twice this
season, he was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the
With 2,282 career points, Hield is second in career scoring at
OU and his 346 career three-pointers are the most in school history.
In leading the Sooners to their fifth Final Four appearance in school
history and first since 2002, Hield is shooting 50.4 percent from
the field, including 46.5 percent from three-point range and 88.0
percent from the free-throw line. His 5.7 rebounds per game lead
all Big 12 guards.
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 College Basketball
Awards are available at collegebasketballawards.com or by contacting
Scott Hill 405-640-0406, firstname.lastname@example.org). The April
11 banquet will also honor Xavier coach Chris Mack with the Henry
Iba Award as the national coach of the year, LSU forward Ben Simmons
with the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award as the national freshman
of the year and legendary former Missouri coach Norm Stewart with
the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award presented by Love's Travel
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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