INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Gonzaga forward Corey
Kispert as its Oscar Robertson National Player
of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 27.
the West Coast Conference Player of the Week, Kispert 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.
Kispert, a 6-7 senior from Edmonds, Wash., scored a career-high
32 points in a decisive 98-75 victory over Virginia this past Saturday
in Fort Worth, Texas. In the game, he matched the school record
for three-point field goals, connecting on 9-of-13 attempts. Kispert
had 77 points in three Gonzaga wins – a 25.7-point average for the
week – which bumped his season average to a team-high 22.4 points
per game for the nation's top-ranked team.
In the three games, he made 14 three-pointers at a phenomenal
60.9 percent clip and was 28-of-40 (70.0 percent) overall from the
field. He opened the week with a 27-point, seven-rebound effort
in the 95-57 win over Northwestern State on Monday, before scoring
18 points the following night vs. NSU, a 95-78 win. He made seven
of his eight free-throws in the three Bulldog wins.
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)