ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball
Writers Association has selected Kentucky forward
PJ Washington as its Oscar Robertson National
Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday,
Feb. 17. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon
College Basketball Yearbook.
As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Washington
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 season.
The 6-8 sophomore from Dallas, Texas, averaged 21.5 points as
Kentucky knocked off top-ranked Tennessee. Washington punctuated
his big week on Saturday in a prime-time telecast, scoring a game-high
23 points to go with five rebounds, two steals and an assist as
the Wildcats beat the Vols at Rupp Arena. Earlier
in the week he had a game-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds,
three assists and a steal in a 73-71 loss to No. 19 LSU.
The win over Tennessee was Kentucky's first over a No. 1 team
since a win over top-ranked Ohio State in the 2011 NCAA Tournament,
and the 17-point margin was the second-largest in program history
when facing the top-ranked team. Washington dominated offensively
against Tennessee, shooting 75 percent from the field (9-of-12)
and scored Kentucky's first seven points. For the week, he shot
64 percent from the field and has topped the 20-point plateau in
four straight games.
Washington, who leads Kentucky in scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounding
(8.0 rpg), remains one of the nation's hottest players. Over the
last eight games, he is averaging 21.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4
assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals per game, while shooting 54.4
percent and 50.0 percent from behind the arc. In seven games against
AP Top-25 opponents this season, he's averaging 16.6 points, 7.4
rebounds and is shooting 54.3 percent from the field.
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
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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)
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, St. John's (Big
• Week ending Jan. 13: Bruno
Fernando, Maryland (Big Ten Conference)
ending Jan. 20: Ja Morant, Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference)
Week ending Jan. 27: Grant Williams, Tennessee (Southeastern
• Week ending Feb. 3: Chris Clemons,
Campbell (Big South Conference)
• Week ending
Feb. 10: Robert Franks, Washington State (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 17: PJ Washington, Kentucky (Southeastern
Week ending Feb. 24: Mike Daum, South Dakota State (Summit League)
Week ending March 3: Fletcher Magee, Wofford (Southern Conference)