INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Baylor guard Jared Butler
as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week
for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 24.
the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, Butler 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.
Butler, a 6-3 junior from Reserve, La., averaged 26.0 points
and 7.0 assists, while shooting 66.7 percent (18-27) from the field,
including 81 percent (13-16) from the 3-point line, in conference
wins over Kansas and at Oklahoma State.
Butler scored 30 points and had eight assists, shooting 7-for-9
from 3-point range in Monday's 77-69 win against then-No. 9 Kansas.
Then on Saturday in Stillwater, he recorded 22 points and six assists
and made 5-of-6 from 3-point range to help the Bears erase their
largest deficit of the season (nine points) and pull away for an
81-66 win to improve to 14-0 on the season.
Butler leads the Big 12 in steals (2.3), 3-point percentage (.494)
and 3-pointers made (2.9), and is third in scoring (17.1), second
in assists (5.4), second in field goal percentage (.503) and sixth
in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.90).
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
• Week ending Jan. 17: Matt
Lewis, James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association)
Week ending Jan. 24: Jared Butler, Baylor (Big 12
• Week ending Jan. 31: Keve Aluma,
Virginia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Feb. 7: Terry Taylor, Austin Peay (Ohio Valley Conference)
Week ending Feb. 14: Drew Timme, Gonzaga (West Coast
• Week ending Feb. 21: Noah Williams,
Washington State (Pac-12 Conference)
ending Feb. 28: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
• All-time USBWA National
Players of the Week (Since 2009-10)