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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky wins Oscar Robertson, AP Player of the Year awards

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Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky picked up a major award Friday morning, as he was named winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy by the United States Basketball Writers Association. The award is given to the winner of the association’s national Player of the Year vote, and Kaminsky was also named Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

The 6-foot-11 Kaminsky, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year last month, has helped lead the Badgers to their second consecutive Final Four appearance and the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. Kaminksy leads the Badgers in a number of categories, including scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg), assists, field goal and three-point percentage.

“This is obviously a great award and I am honored to receive it,” Kaminsky said. “I have to thank my family, who have really helped me grow as a person and grow as a basketball player. I’m just so honored to receive this award.”

Also at the ceremony in Indianapolis were the trophy’s namesake, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and all of Frank’s teammates. Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker also managed to get involved in the question and answer session after Kaminsky was given the trophy.

2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list includes 17 players

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On Friday, the United States Basketball Writers Association announced the 17 names on the Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list.

Here is the complete list:

  • Justin Anderson, Virginia
  • Ron Baker, Wichita State
  • Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
  • Sam Dekker, Wisconsin,
  • Anthony Gill, Virginia
  • Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
  • Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
  • Stanley Johnson, Arizona
  • Frank Kaminksy, Wisconsin
  • Georges Niang, Iowa State
  • Jahlil Okafor, Duke
  • Marcus Paige, North Carolina
  • Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
  • Bobby Portis, Arkansas
  • Melo Trimble, Maryland
  • Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
  • Delon Wright, Utah

The Wooden Award midseason watch list was unveiled on Jan. 14. That list was comprised of 25 nominees. Dekker, Gill and Paige were not listed on the Wooden Award watch list. Ryan Boatright, Yogi Ferrell, D’Angelo Harrison, Tyler Haws, Buddy Hield, Tyus Jones, Jordan Mickey, Chason Randle, Terry Rozier, D’Angelo Russell and Juwan State appeared on that list, but not on the Roberston watch list.

Last season Creighton forward Doug McDermott won the award.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott wins USBWA Player of the Year award

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With more than 3,000 points and player of the year awards in two different conferences (Missouri Valley and Big East) during his career, Creighton’s Doug McDermott will go down as one of the all-time greats. As for this season the forward has managed to collect multiple national Player of the Year honors, with the most recent being the Oscar Robertson Award that’s presented by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

The USBWA made the news official in a press conference Friday morning at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, site of the Final Four. McDermott is just the third winner of the USBWA’s top individual honor from a Big East school, with St. John’s Chris Mullin (1985) and Walter Berry (1986) being the other two.

McDermott, who finished his college career with 3,150 points, averaged 26.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this season. And he was efficient in doing so, shooting 52.6% from the field, 44.9% from beyond the arc and 86.4% from the foul line. In total, ten different outlets, including the Associated Press, have named McDermott national Player of the Year with the Naismith Award winner still yet to be announced.

Doug McDermott, Marcus Smart among players on Robertson Award midseason list

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One day after the John R. Wooden Award’s midseason list was released, the United States Basketball Writers of America released its list of 23 midseason candidates for the Oscar Robertson Award. Like the Wooden Award, not being on this list does not prohibit a player from winning the award when it’s handed out in early April.

As expected, players such as Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and Syracuse’s C.J. Fair, are among the 23 on the list. The senior class has 12 players on the list, followed by six freshmen, four sophomores and just one junior (Arizona guard Nick Johnson).

Conference-wise the ACC has five players on the list, followed by the Big 12 (four) and six conferences with two candidates apiece. The Atlantic 10 (UMass PG Chaz Williams) and Big East (McDermott) are represented by one player apiece. Six schools, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, Syracuse and Wichita State, have two players on the list.

Here’s the full list as released by the USBWA:

  • Keith Appling, Michigan State
  • Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico
  • Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
  • Joel Embiid, Kansas
  • Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
  • C.J. Fair, Syracuse
  • Aaron Gordon, Arizona
  • Gary Harris, Michigan State
  • Rodney Hood, Duke
  • Nick Johnson, Arizona
  • DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Shabazz Napier, UConn
  • Jabari Parker, Duke
  • Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh
  • Casey Prather, Florida
  • Julius Randle, Kentucky
  • Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
  • Russ Smith, Louisville
  • Xavier Thames, San Diego State
  • Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State
  • Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
  • Chaz Williams, UMass

Not a bad list, with Patterson and Thames making this list one day after being omitted from the Wooden Award’s midseason list. But where’s Michigan guard Nik Stauskas?

Stauskas has been outstanding for the Wolverines this season, averaging 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for a team that hasn’t lost since Mitch McGary was shut down indefinitely due to a back injury. With Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. now playing for pay Stauskas’ responsibilities are greater as a sophomore, and he’s been a more efficient player this season than last. Stauskas is still shooting 44% from beyond the arc but he’s improved in his ability to attack the basket, and his overall field goal percentage has increased by three percentage points (from 46.3% to 49.5%) in his sophomore season.

Such lists can be difficult because in order to put an omitted player on the list, someone who may be just as deserving has to come off. However even with that being the case it’s extremely tough to justify Stauskas not making either of the major awards’ midseason lists.

As noted above not being on the list doesn’t prohibit a player of Stauskas’ caliber from winning the honor. If anything, it can serve as a motivational factor for a player who may feel slighted by those who put together the list.