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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected the Virginia guard Justin Anderson as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 7. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
As the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week, Anderson 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. This is the sixth season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week.
Anderson, a 6-6 junior from Montross, Va., led the unbeaten Cavaliers to road wins at No. 21 Maryland in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and at VCU, averaging 18.5 points and seven rebounds in the two games. Anderson on shot 11-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and was 11-of-13 from the free-throw line during the week.
He scored a game-high 21 points (on 6-of-7 field goal shooting) and added eight rebounds and one blocked shot in the 74-57 win at VCU. Earlier in the week, Anderson had 16 points and six rebounds in the 76-65 win at Maryland.
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 winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14, 2015, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually following the NCAA Men's Final Four.
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 Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the most comprehensive college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 34th season. Blue Ribbon – long-known as "The Bible of College Basketball" – gives its readers the most thorough, up-to-date and timely evaluations of every Division I team in the country. For more information about Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit blueribbonyearbookonline.com.