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Men's Basketball Sweeps National Players of the Week
December 05, 2017

Devonte’ Graham (Kansas) and Trae Young (Oklahoma) swept the USBA National Players of the Week after earning Big 12 awards a day earlier.

Beginning with December 5 honors, the USBWA will announce weekly awards through the remainder of the regular season.

Graham was chosen as the Oscar Robertson Player of the Week for games through December 3. This is the ninth season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week.

The 6-2 senior guard from Raleigh, N.C., scored a career-high 35 points in both of Kansas' wins last week over Toledo and Syracuse, while also averaging 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds. His seven three-pointers in the 76-60 win over Syracuse were the most by a Jayhawk since Mario Chalmers hit eight treys against Texas in 2008. Graham became the first Kansas player since Andrew Wiggins in 2014 to score 30 or more points in back-to-back games.

The two big nights raised Graham's scoring average from 12.0 to 18.6 ppg through Saturday's win, which ranks third in the Big 12. He has 56 assists in seven games for the undefeated Jayhawks (7-0), and currently ranks second in the Big 12 and fifth nationally averaging 8.0 assists per game.

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.

Young captured the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week, named after the late Sooner standout who passed away from cancer in May of 2009.

In the past week Young averaged 30.0 points, 9.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals. Beyond that, he's gone five straight games with at least 28 points. Young's 28.7 scoring average is tops in college basketball.

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