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. 23. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon
College Basketball Yearbook.
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. This is the second time this season Howard has earned
the USBWA's National Player of the Week honor. The USBWA has named
Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week since the 2009-10 season.
The 5-11 junior guard from Chandler, Ariz., averaged 35.5 points,
shot 13-of-19 from 3-point range and 16-of-16 from the foul line
in a 2-0 week. Last Friday, he scored 45 points – including 40 points
in the second half – in a 103-85 victory over then-No. 14 Buffalo.
In the game, he scored 25 straight points for his team in a 5:27
span. Three days earlier, he scored 26 points in a 92-66 win against
North Dakota. Howard is the Big East's leading scorer, averaging
with 25.0 points per game.
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 38th
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
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)
Week ending Dec. 16: Juwan Morgan, Indiana (Big Ten
• Week ending Dec. 23: Markus Howard,
Marquette (Big East Conference)
• Week ending
Dec. 30: Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra (Colonial Athletic Association)
Week ending Jan. 6: Shamorie Ponds, Hofstra (Big East
• Week ending Jan. 13: Bruno Fernando,
Maryland (Big Ten Conference)