INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Northwestern guard Boo
Buie as its Oscar Robertson National Player of
the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 20.
the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Buie 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.
Buie, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Albany, N.Y., scored a
career-high 30 points in a decisive 79-65 conference win over
4th-ranked Michigan State in Sunday's Big Ten lid-lifter for the
Wildcats. The win was Northwestern's first over an AP Top-5
opponent since defeating Michigan State in 1979.
9-for-15 from the field, Buie's 30 points are the most by a
Northwestern player since Scottie Lindsey scored 32 against Iowa
on Feb. 25, 2018. Buie also matched his career high from
three-point range going 5-of-6, while adding a game-high four
assists to go along with three rebounds. Buie scored 15 points
in a 100-48 win over Quincy on Dec. 15 to average 22.5 points
per game for the week. He added four assists while matching his
career high with five rebounds in the blowout win.
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.
2020-21 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 20: Boo Buie, Northwestern (Big Ten
• Week ending Dec. 27: Corey Kispert,
Gonzaga (West Coast Conference)
• Week ending
Jan. 3: Liam Robbins, Minnesota (Big Ten Conference)
• Week ending
Jan. 10: Matthew Hurt, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week ending
Jan. 17: Matt Lewis, James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association)
• All-time USBWA National
Players of the Week (Since 2009-10)