FINALISTS FOR 2015 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY ANNOUNCED

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 14 outstanding players as finalists for the 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy, as selected by the association’s board of directors.

The award is to be presented to the national player of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards onApril 14 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 week after the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Four players from four different Atlantic Coast Conference schools headline the list along with Gonzaga teammates Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer. Two of the selections, Wiltjer and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, have been recognized as Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week this season. This past week, Wiltjer won the award for the second time.

Overall, seven conferences are represented and among the finalists are five seniors, six juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen.

Following is the complete list of finalists:

2015 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS (14)
G Ron Baker, Wichita State (6-4, 220, Jr., Scott City, Kan.)
G Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (6-5, 215, Jr., Atlanta, Ga.)
F Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky (7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.)
F Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse (6-9, 250, Jr., Phildelphia, Pa.)
G Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (6-5, 204, Sr., Bowie, Md.)
F Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin (7-0, 242, Sr., Lisle, Ill.)
F Georges Niang, Iowa State (6-8, 230, Jr., Methuen, Mass.)
C Jahlil Okafor, Duke (6-11, 270, Fr., Chicago, Ill.)
G Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga (6-2, 182, Sr., Holland Landing, Ont.)
F Bobby Portis, Arkansas (6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.)
G D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State (6-5, 180, Fr., Louisville, Ky.)
F Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa (6-8, 240, Sr., Sheffield, Iowa)
F Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga (6-10, 240, Jr., Portland, Ore.)
G Delon Wright, Utah (6-5, 190, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif.)

By conference: ACC (4); Big Ten (2); Missouri Valley (2); SEC (2); West Coast (2); Big 12 (1); Pac-12 (1).
By class: Seniors (5); Juniors (6); Sophomores (1); Freshmen (2).

Written by Joey Sinatra

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