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Mason Plumlee Named USBWA National Player of the Week
Duke senior Mason Plumlee was Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week as selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association after leading the Blue Devils to wins over N.C. State (98-85) and Boston College (62-61). The USBWA’s weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 19 this season.
As the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, Plumlee 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. Plumlee, a 6-11 forward from Warsaw, Ind., averaged 24.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks while leading the Blue Devils to conference wins over N.C. State and Boston College. For the week, he was 15-22 (.682) from the field and 19-26 (.731) from the free throw line in the two games.
Last Thursday, Plumlee opened the week with 30 points and nine rebounds in a 98-85 win over N.C. State. He was 9-of-11 from the field and 12-of-16 from the foul line in the contest. Plumlee also had a key block late in the contest to eliminate N.C. State’s comeback attempt. In Sunday’s 62-61 come-from-behind win at Boston College, Plumlee recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds and had several key plays at the end of the game, including a blocked shot, defensive rebound and the game-winning free throw with 24 seconds remaining. He was 3-of-4 from the foul line in the final minute of play as Duke overcame a late five-point deficit.
Plumlee, a member of the Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list, is averaging 18.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game while shooting 61.0 percent from the field. He ranks ninth nationally in rebounding and is tied for eighth in the NCAA with 13 double-doubles on the year. Plumlee exceeded the 1,000-point mark earlier in the year and is 28 rebounds shy of becoming the eighth player in Duke history to amass 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
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 presented by Aflac will be presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 15, 2013, 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 the Monday 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 32nd season, bigger and better in 2012-13. 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.
2012-13 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 9: Brandon Paul, Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
Week of Dec. 16: Doug McDermott, Creighton (Missouri Valley Conference)
Week of Dec. 23: Victor Rudd, South Florida (Big East Conference)
Week of Dec. 30: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA (Pac-12 Conference)
Week of Jan. 6: Trey Burke, Michigan (Big Ten Conference)
Week of Jan. 13: Elston Turner, Texas A&M (Southeastern Conference)
Week of Jan. 20: Roosevelt Jones, Butler (Atlantic 10 Conference)
Week of Jan. 27: Darrun Hilliard, Villanova (Big East Conference)
Week of Feb. 3: Shane Larkin, Miami (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week of Feb. 10: Mason Plumlee, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)