INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S.
Basketball Writers Association has selected WKU guard
Taveion Hollingsworth as its Oscar Robertson
National Player of the Week for games ending the week of
Sunday, March 1.
the Conference USA Co-Player of the Week, Hollingsworth 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.
Hollingsworth, a 6-2 junior from Lexington, Ky., averaged
32.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a split of two
overtime games against the top two teams in C-USA last week. In
Thursdays 95-91 win over Louisiana Tech, Hollingsworth poured
in a career-high 43 points in 44 minutes to keep WKU's hopes for
a regular-season title alive. He shot 11-of-18 from the field,
including 4-of-7 3-pointers, and was 17-for-19 from the foul
line. With WKU down 15 with 3:23 to play, Hollingsworth scored
17 points over the rest of regulation, including a game-tying
three with two seconds left. His 43 points were the eighth-most
ever by a Hilltopper and the most since 1971, as well as the
ninth-most ever by a C-USA player.
On Sunday, Hollingsworth followed up with a team-high 22
points with four steals in WKU's overtime loss to conference
champion North Texas.
Hollingsworth is the first WKU player to earn the USBWA's
National Player of the Week honor and the second C-USA player
this season, joining UTSA's Jhivvan Jackson back in December.
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)