INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S.
Basketball Writers Association has selected Creighton guard
Marcus Zegarowski as its Oscar Robertson
National Player of the Week for games ending the week of
Sunday, Feb. 23.
the Big East Conference Player of the Week, Zegarowski 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.
Zegarowski, a 6-2 sophomore from Hamilton, Mass., averaged
21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in wins over No. 19 Marquette
and No. 21 Butler. In the two games, he shot 69.6 percent (16-for-23)
from the field and 7-for-8 from three. The perfect week lifted the
Bluejays to 22-6 on the season and to season-best No. 10 in this
week's Associated Press Top 25.
On Tuesday, Zegarowski scored 17 points to go with five rebounds
and three assists in the 73-65 win at Marquette. On the night, he
made 7-of-11 shots from the field, including 4-of-4 in the second
half. He followed that up on Sunday when he tied a Big East single-game
record by making 7-of-7 three point shots en route to 25 points
in only 25 minutes. He was 5-for-5 from downtown in the first half
as Creighton raced to a 40-21 halftime lead on its way to the decisive
81-59 win. Zegarowski made 9-of-12 shots overall, also adding three
rebounds, an assist and a steal in the game.
Zegarowski is the first Creighton player to earn the USBWA's
National Player of the Week honor since 2014 Oscar Robertson Trophy
winner Doug McDermott was tabbed twice that season and four times
in his career.
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)
Week ending Feb. 23: Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton (Big East Conference)
Week ending March 1: Taveion Hollingsworth, WKU (Conference USA)