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Oscar Robertson congratulates Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield on being named winner of the 2016 Oscar Robertson Trophy. Drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans and now with the Sacramento Kings, Hield was the nation's second-highest scorer in 2016 with a 25.4 average and led the Sooners to the Final Four. (Photo courtesy of Ty Russell Photography.)

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Five finalists for the 2017 Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded to the men's national college basketball player of the year, have been announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association:

  • Lonzo Ball, 6'6" freshman guard, UCLA
  • Josh Hart, 6'5" senior guard, Villanova
  • Frank Mason III, 5'11" senior guard, Kansas
  • Nigel Williams-Goss, 6'3" junior guard, Gonzaga
  • Caleb Swanigan, 6'9" sophomore center, Purdue
The award will be personally presented to the winner by Oscar Robertson at a USBWA media conference on Friday morning, March 31, on the eve of the NCAA Final Four in Glendale, Arizona.

The Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented annually by the USBWA since 1959, is the premier men's college player of the year award. It is also the only such award actually named after a player or a living namesake — in this case, the National Association of Basketball Coaches' "Player of the Century."

The trophy is an 18" bronze sculpture created in 2005 by world-renowned St. Louis sculptor Harry Weber on commission from the USBWA and is based on the famous photo of Oscar Robertson rebounding against Kansas State. Weber's bronze sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY and the National Dog Museum, as well as private collections across the U.S. and overseas, and have been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Newport, Rhode Island.

UCLA has the most Oscar Robertson Trophy winners with nine, followed by Duke University with seven. Kenyon Martin was the first University of Cincinnati player to win the award since The Big O himself last won in 1960. For the complete list of winners since 1959, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Two permanent display cases, one of Oscar Robertson Trophy winners and one of memorabilia from The Big O's career dating back to Indianapolis Crispus Attucks High School, have been set up in the entrance hall at Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers and site of the 2006 Oscar Robertson Trophy presentation. Larry Bird, president of basketball operations for the Pacers, assisted The Big O in unveiling the display cases.

Last update 03/13/2017


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