ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Marquette guard Markus
Howard as its Oscar Robertson National Player of
the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 2. The
USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College
As the Big East Conference Player of the Week, Howard 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. The USBWA has named
Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week since the 2009-10
The 5-11 junior guard from Chandler, Ariz., scored 45 points
– the second highest single-game point total in school history –
in an 83-71 win against then-No. 12 Kansas State this past
Saturday. He was 11-of-17 from the field and 19-of-21 from the
foul line in the game. Howard's 45 points were the most ever by
a Marquette player at home and the highest total for a
regulation game. Howard holds the school single-game record of
52 points, scored in overtime at Providence last season.
Last Tuesday, Howard scored a team-high 17 points in a 76-55
victory over Charleston Southern. For the week, he averaged 31.0
points while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and 90.5
percent from the line.
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
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– gives its readers the most thorough, up-to-date and timely evaluations
of every Division I team in the country. For more information about
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2018-19 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 2: Markus Howard, Marquette (Big
• Week ending Dec. 9: Admiral
Schofield, Tennessee (Southeastern Conference)