The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Oklahoma guard Trae Young as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 17. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
As the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, Young 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 ninth season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week.
The 6-2 freshman from Norman, Okla., produced 29 points, 10 assists and four rebounds in the Sooners' 91-83 win at No. 3 Wichita State in the team's only action last week. Young continued his seven-game streak of scoring at least 28 points per game in leading Oklahoma to its first road win over a top-three team since 1949. His double-double made him the first player with 25 points and 10 assists against an AP top-three team since Syracuse's Jonny Flynn in 2009 against UConn during a classic six-overtime game.
Young continues to lead the nation in scoring with 28.8 points per game while ranking third in assists at 8.9 per contest. He has now earned a Big 12 weekly honor in five of his first six weeks in the conference.
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.