INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S.
Basketball Writers Association has selected Michigan center
Jon Teske as its Oscar Robertson National
Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday,
the Big Ten Conference Co-Player of the Week, Teske 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. Once again, the USBWA will select a Division I men's
National Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season.
The USBWA has named Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
since the 2009-10 season.
Teske, a 7-1 senior from Medina, Ohio, earned the Most Valuable
Player Award at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament after leading the
Wolverines to three wins over Iowa State and top-10 opponents North
Carolina (73-64) in the semifinals and Gonzaga (82-64) in the title
game. Teske averaged 13.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots
and shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the three games. Against
Gonzaga, he posted a career-high 15 rebounds and had four blocked
shots to go with 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field.
The big week in the Bahamas improved Teske's season averages
to approach a double-double with 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per
game. He leads Michigan with 18 blocks and 11 steals on the season
going into Tuesdays game at top-ranked Louisville. Teske has scored
in double figures six times and recorded three double-digit rebounding
The Battle for Atlantis title vaulted Michigan from unranked
to No. 4 in this weeks Associated Press poll, the largest jump
in the poll's 70-year history.
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.
At 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 Malcolm
Moran at 814-574-1485.
2019-20 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Nov. 17: Myles Powell, Seton Hall (Big East Conference)
Week ending Nov. 24: Vernon Carey Jr., Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Dec. 1: Jon Teske, Michigan (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Dec. 8: Luka Garza, Iowa (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Dec. 15: Payton Pritchard, Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 22: Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA (Conference USA)
Week ending Dec. 29: Nick Richards, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
Week ending Jan. 5: Cassius Winston, Michigan State (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Jan. 12: Jared Butler, Baylor (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Jan. 19: Markus Howard, Marquette (Big East Conference)
Week ending Jan. 26: Chris Duarte, Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 2: Tommy Funk, Army West Point (Patriot League)
Week ending Feb. 9: Jalen Harris, Nevada (Mountain West Conference)
Week ending Feb. 16: Remy Martin, Arizona State (Pac-12 Conference)