INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Arizona guard Bennedict
Mathurin as its Oscar Robertson National Player
of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 12.
As the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, Mathurin 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.
Mathurin, a 6-6 sophomore guard from Montreal, Quebec, Canada,
averaged 27.0 points on 61 percent shooting (20-33), 8.5 rebounds
and 3.0 assists in two wins to help keep the Wildcats (9-0) unbeaten
so far this season.
He recorded a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double
and added five assists in a 94-65 rout of previously unbeaten Wyoming
this past Wednesday and then followed it up with 30 points – with
five 3-pointers while shooting 10-of-17 from the field – and seven
rebounds in an 83-79 victory at Illinois on Saturday. His late free
throws sealed the win. Mathurin's two-game performance earned him
the Pac-12's Player of the Week honor for a second straight week
to become the first Arizona player to earn the honor in back-to-back
weeks since the 2005-06 season (Hassan Adams).
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.
2021-22 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 12: Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona (Pac-12
• Week ending Dec. 19: Alondes
Williams, Wake Forest (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Dec. 26: Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky (Southeastern
• Week ending Jan. 2: Walker Kessler,
Auburn (Southeastern Conference)
• Week ending
Jan. 9: Johnny Davis, Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference)
• All-time USBWA National
Players of the Week (Since 2009-10)