ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Purdue guard
Carsen Edwards as its Oscar Robertson National Player
of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Feb.
The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College
As the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Edwards was
nominated for the weekly award, and then chosen by a representative
of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference
players of the week. This is the ninth season that the USBWA has
selected a national player of the week. Edwards is the final
selcetion this season.
A 6-1, 200-pound sophomore from Atascocita, Texas, Edwards
led the Boilermakers to a! 2-0 record last week by averaging
29.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game,
while shooting 17-of-31 from the field, 7-of-14 from 3-point
range and 17-of-20 from the free throw line.
In a 93-86 win over Illinois, he scored a career-high 40
points – including 25 in the second half – on Thursday night,
the most for a Purdue sophomore since Glenn Robinson had 42
against Wisconsin on Feb. 13, 1993, and the most for a Purdue
guard since Rick Mount had a Big Ten-record 61 points against
Iowa on Feb, 28, 1970.
He then scored 18 points with seven assists, four rebounds,
three steals and two blocked shots in the 84-60 win over
Minnesota on Sunday. Edwards has scored in double figures in 14
straight games and now has 923 career points in 66 career games.
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.
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 37th
season. 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
2017-18 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
• Week ending Dec. 3: Devonté Graham, Kansas (Big 12 Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 10: Shannon Evans II, Arizona State (Pac-12 Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 17: Trae Young, Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 24: Trae Young, Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 31: Kelan Martin, Butler (Big East Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 7: Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State (Big Ten Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 14: Chandler Hutchison, Boise State (Mountain West Conference) and Luwane Pipkins, Massachusetts (Atlantic 10 Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 21: Jock Landale, St. Mary's (West Coast Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 28: Kevin Knox, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 4: Noah Dickerson, Washington (Pac-12 Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 11: Shamorie Ponds, St. John's (Big East Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 18: Matt Mobley, St. Bonaventure (Atlantic 10 Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 25: Carsen Edwards, Purdue (Big Ten Conference)