The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given out annually to the outstanding men's college basketball player by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The trophy is considered to be the oldest of its kind and has been given out since 1959.
|Oscar Robertson Trophy|
|Given for||the most outstanding NCAA Division I men's basketball player|
|Most recent||Zion Williamson, Duke|
USBWA College Player of the Year was started in 1959, which makes it the oldest running trophy for the college player of the year. The USBWA annually selects a player of the year and All-America teams for both men and women in college basketball. The USBWA men's player of the year award is now called the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
The USBWA also selects a national coach of the year for men and women, with the men's award named after legendary coach Henry Iba. It was renamed after the college and professional legend Oscar Robertson in 1998. Five nominees are presented and the individual with the most votes receives the award during the NCAA Final Four. The Oscar Robertson Trophy, previously known as the Player of the Year Award, was renamed in 1998 because of Robertson’s outstanding career (including winning the first two awards) and his continuing efforts to promote the game of basketball. He averaged 32.6 points per game in his sophomore year at Cincinnati.
|†||Co-Players of the Year|
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Oscar Robertson Trophy at that point|
|1958–59||Oscar Robertson||Cincinnati||Point guard||Junior|
|1959–60||Oscar Robertson (2)||Cincinnati||Point guard||Senior|
|1960–61||Jerry Lucas||Ohio State||Forward / Center||Junior|
|1961–62||Jerry Lucas (2)||Ohio State||Forward / Center||Senior|
|1962–63||Art Heyman||Duke||Small forward / Shooting guard||Senior|
|1964–65||Bill Bradley||Princeton||Small forward / Shooting guard||Senior|
|1965–66||Cazzie Russell||Michigan||Shooting guard||Senior|
|1967–68||Lew Alcindor[a] (2)||UCLA||Center||Junior|
|1969–70||Pete Maravich (2)||LSU||Guard||Senior|
|1972–73||Bill Walton (2)||UCLA||Center||Junior|
|1973–74||Bill Walton (3)||UCLA||Center||Senior|
|1974–75||David Thompson||NC State||Shooting guard / Small forward||Senior|
|1975–76||Adrian Dantley||Notre Dame||Guard / Forward||Junior|
|1976–77||Marques Johnson||UCLA||Guard / Forward||Senior|
|1977–78||Phil Ford||North Carolina||Point guard||Senior|
|1978–79||Larry Bird||Indiana State||Small forward||Senior|
|1979–80||Mark Aguirre||DePaul||Small forward||Sophomore|
|1981–82||Ralph Sampson (2)||Virginia||Center||Junior|
|1982–83||Ralph Sampson (3)||Virginia||Center||Senior|
|1983–84||Michael Jordan||North Carolina||Shooting guard||Junior|
|1984–85||Chris Mullin||St. John's||Small forward / Shooting guard||Senior|
|1985–86||Walter Berry||St. John's||Power forward||Senior|
|1987–88||Hersey Hawkins||Bradley||Shooting guard||Senior|
|1988–89||Danny Ferry||Duke||Power forward / Center||Senior|
|1989–90||Lionel Simmons||La Salle||Small forward||Senior|
|1990–91||Larry Johnson||UNLV||Power forward||Senior|
|1992–93||Calbert Cheaney||Indiana||Small forward||Senior|
|1993–94||Glenn Robinson||Purdue||Small forward / Power forward||Sophomore|
|1994–95||Ed O'Bannon||UCLA||Small forward||Senior|
|1996–97||Tim Duncan||Wake Forest||Center||Senior|
|1997–98||Antawn Jamison||North Carolina||Small forward||Junior|
|1999–00||Kenyon Martin||Cincinnati||Power forward||Senior|
|2000–01||Shane Battier||Duke||Small forward / Shooting guard||Senior|
|2001–02||Jason Williams||Duke||Point guard||Junior|
|2002–03||David West||Xavier||Power forward||Senior|
|2003–04||Jameer Nelson||Saint Joseph's||Point guard||Senior|
|2005–06†||Adam Morrison||Gonzaga||Small forward||Junior|
|J. J. Redick||Duke||Shooting guard||Senior|
|2006–07||Kevin Durant||Texas||Small forward||Freshman|
|2007–08||Tyler Hansbrough||North Carolina||Power forward||Junior|
|2008–09||Blake Griffin||Oklahoma||Power forward||Sophomore|
|2009–10||Evan Turner||Ohio State||Shooting guard||Junior|
|2010–11||Jimmer Fredette||BYU||Shooting guard||Senior|
|2011–12||Anthony Davis||Kentucky||Power forward||Freshman|
|2012–13||Trey Burke||Michigan||Point guard||Sophomore|
|2013–14||Doug McDermott||Creighton||Small forward||Senior|
|2014–15||Frank Kaminsky||Wisconsin||Power forward||Senior|
|2015–16||Buddy Hield||Oklahoma||Shooting guard||Senior|
|2016–17||Frank Mason III||Kansas||Point guard||Senior|
|2017–18||Jalen Brunson||Villanova||Point guard||Junior|
|2018–19||Zion Williamson||Duke||Small forward||Freshman|
The 2012–13 Big Ten men's basketball season began with practices in October 2012, followed by the start of the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play began in early-January 2013, and concluded in March with the 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. All conference regular season and tournament games were broadcast nationally. For the 37th consecutive season, the conference led the nation in attendance.
The conference enjoyed nine postseason invitations including seven to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament (NCAA Tournament). Eight of the nine postseason participants posted at least one win. The Conference compiled a 19–9 postseason record including a 14–7 record in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan was runner up in the NCAA Tournament and Iowa was runnerup in the 2013 National Invitation Tournament.
Trey Burke won almost every National Player of the Year award (Oscar Robertson Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Associated Press POY, Sports Illustrated POY, NABC Player of the Year and Naismith College Player of the Year), while Victor Oladipo won the Sporting News POY and Adolph Rupp Trophy. Oladipo also shared NABC Defensive Player of the Year with Jeff Withey. Four Big Ten athletes (Burke, Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Deshaun Thomas) earned 2013 NCAA All-American recognition (Burke, Oladipo and Zeller as consensus All-Americans). In addition, Jordan Hulls won the Senior CLASS Award and Aaron Craft earned Men's Basketball Academic All-American of the Year. Burke was the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Oladipo was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and Craft was the Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. Craft earned national defensive player of the year recognition by CBSSports.com. Burke also earned the Bob Cousy Award.
With Oladipo, Zeller and Burke being selected 2nd, 4th and 9th respectively in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Big Ten had its first trio of top ten selections since the 1990 NBA Draft. All five players who declared early for were drafted (Hardaway 24th and Thomas 58th).Adrian Dantley
Adrian Delano Dantley (born February 28, 1956) is an American retired basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A forward and six-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed acting head coach of the Denver Nuggets in the absence of stricken head coach George Karl.Blake Griffin
Blake Austin Griffin (born March 16, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners, when he was named the Consensus National Player of the Year as a sophomore. Griffin was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft, and has since been a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA selection.
Griffin won four high school state titles at Oklahoma Christian School under his father, head coach Tommy Griffin. Griffin played two seasons of college ball for the Sooners before entering the 2009 NBA draft, when he was selected by the Clippers. During the final pre-season game of 2009, he broke his left kneecap, had surgery, and missed the entire 2009–10 season. Griffin made his NBA debut as a rookie the following season, in which he was selected as an All-Star, won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. In 2011, Sports Illustrated called him one of the NBA's 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time.Buddy Hield
Chavano Rainer "Buddy" Hield (born December 17, 1992) is a Bahamian professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named the Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and in 2016, he received four major national player of the year awards—the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Hield was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.Clarence Gaines Award
The Clarence "Big House" Gaines Award is an award given annually by Collegeinsider.com to the most outstanding men's college basketball head coach in NCAA Division II. The award was established in 2011 and is named for the late Clarence Gaines, who coached for 47 years at Winston-Salem State University.Creighton Bluejays men's basketball
The Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team represents Creighton University of the NCAA Division I college basketball. They currently compete in the Big East Conference having joined the conference following the Big East conference realignment in 2013. The Bluejays play their home games at CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Creighton finished sixth nationally in home attendance, averaging 17,048 fans per home game in 2014–15.Before joining the Big East, Creighton was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference from 1976 through 2013. The Jays were also members of the MVC from 1928 to 1948 and participated as an independent from 1948 to 1977 before rejoining the MVC. The Bluejays have won a record 15 MVC regular season conference titles and a record 12 MVC Tournament titles.The team has 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Jays last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2018. The Bluejays won at least one NCAA tournament game for three consecutive seasons, including a 58–57 win over Alabama, a 67–63 win over Cincinnati and a 76–66 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.Danny Ferry
Daniel John Willard Ferry (born October 17, 1966) is an American retired professional basketball player. He most recently served as interim general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Considered one of the most celebrated basketball players in the United States from the high school graduating class of 1985, Ferry chose to attend Duke University. Ferry led the Duke Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances while setting many school records and earning several national player of the year awards. In 2002, Ferry was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the fifty greatest players in conference history.
Drafted into the NBA in 1989 as the second overall pick, Ferry played one season for Italian league's Il Messaggero (now Virtus Roma) after refusing to play for the Los Angeles Clippers. He went on to spend the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played from 1990 to 2000. Ferry finished his playing career with the San Antonio Spurs, winning an NBA championship in the 2002–03 season.
After Ferry's playing career ended, he became an executive. Ferry has served as Vice President of Basketball Operations for the San Antonio Spurs and as General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.Denzel Valentine
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The Henry Iba Award was established in 1959 to recognize the best college basketball coach of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Five nominees are presented and the individual with the most votes receives the award, which is presented in conjunction with the Final Four. The award is named for Henry Iba, who coached at Oklahoma State from 1934 to 1970. Iba won the NCAA College Championship in 1945 and 1946 and coached the U.S. Olympic Teams to two gold medals in 1964 and 1968. The award is presented at the Oscar Robertson Trophy Breakfast on the Friday before the Final Four.
Legendary UCLA Bruins coach John Wooden has the most all–time selections with seven. Of the seven other coaches with multiple Henry Iba Awards, only Virginia Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett has received it more than twice. The school with the second–most winners is Ohio State, which has had two coaches win a total of three awards (Fred Taylor, Randy Ayers).Hersey Hawkins
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Jarrett Culver (born February 20, 1999) is an American college basketball player for the Texas Tech Red Raiders of the Big 12 Conference.List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards
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Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. The 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 205 lb (93 kg) Robertson played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star, 11-time member of the All-NBA Team, and one-time winner of the MVP award in 14 professional seasons. In 1962, he became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. In the 1970–71 NBA season, he was a key player on the team that brought the Bucks their only NBA title. His playing career, especially during high school and college, was plagued by racism.Robertson is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, having been inducted in 1980 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the 1960 United States men's Olympic basketball team and president of the National Basketball Players Association. He also was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. The United States Basketball Writers Association renamed their College Player of the Year Award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in his honor in 1998, and he was one of five people chosen to represent the inaugural National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class in 2006. He was ranked as the 36th best American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN.Robertson was also an integral part of Robertson v. National Basketball Ass'n of 1970. The landmark NBA antitrust suit, named after the then-president of the NBA Players' Association, led to an extensive reform of the league's strict free agency and draft rules and, subsequently, to higher salaries for all players.Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball
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Sherron Marlon Collins (born March 18, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Kansas City Tornados of the NAPB (NAPB). He formerly played for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also played for the Texas Legends and Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League and Hacettepe Üniversitesi in the Turkish Basketball League. As an All-American member of the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team, he earned a national championship in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, three Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championships, and four consecutive Big 12 Conference regular season championships. He was regarded as one of the leaders of the team and was its captain during his senior year.
Collins grew up in Chicago where he was a multisport standout athlete at Crane High School. He was regarded as the second best point guard in the nation by Scout.com and was considered one of the two best class of 2006 basketball prospects in the state of Illinois (along with Jon Scheyer).
Collins was a well-decorated basketball player at Kansas. He was unanimously selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team for the 2006–07 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team. After leading the 2008–09 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team to the Big 12 Conference regular season title, Collins was named to the 2009 first team All-Big 12 team. That season, he was named a consensus second team 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American. He was also a consensus first team 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American as a senior and earned the Most Outstanding Player award while leading his team to the 2010 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship. He was included on many of the watchlists for the most prestigious college basketball awards as both a junior and senior. Collins holds the school record for most consecutive free throws. He also leads the Big 12 in elevator phallic appearances.
Following his senior season, Collins was eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft but went undrafted. Shortly after, he signed a free-agent contract with the Charlotte Bobcats and participated in their summer camp. He represented them in the Orlando Summer League before being signed for the regular season. In October 2012, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs, but he did not make their final roster.United States Basketball Writers Association
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Men's college basketball awards (United States)
|National players of the year|
|Conference players of the year|
|Head coach awards|
|Conference coaches of the year|
Oscar Robertson Trophy winners