Jan 7, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT
ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected College of Charleston’s Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Jan. 5.
The USBWA’s weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and is announced exclusively on SiriusXM Radio’s “Inside College Basketball.” Hall, a 6-foot-6 graduate senior forward, becomes the first player in school history to receive the national award.
As the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, Hall 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.
Hall led the Cougars to a 2-0 week with back-to-back double-doubles. He recorded a career-best 26 points and 21 rebounds in the Cougars’ win at defending Southern Conference champion Davidson on Jan. 1. It is the first known 20/20 double-double outing by a CofC player in the program’s Division I history (1991-Present). His 21 rebounds is also tied as the seventh-most in a single game in school history. Hall followed that up by registering a double-double by the first half with 18 points and a game-high 17 rebounds vs. Howard in the team’s final non-conference tune-up on Jan. 4.
For the week, he averaged 22.0 points and 19.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 61.5 percent from the field (16-of-26) and 76.9 percent from the free throw line (10-for-13).
This is the fifth time this season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week will be considered for the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which will be released at mid-season.
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.
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2013-14 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 8: Dustin Hogue, Iowa State (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Dec. 15: Marcus Paige, North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week of Dec. 22: Aaric Murray, Texas Southern (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
Week of Dec. 29: DeAndre Kane, Iowa State (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Jan. 5: Willis Hall, College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association)
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