Oklahoma State standout Marcus Smart is the preseason selection as the top collegiate player in the nation, it was announced by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Smart and Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins are two of the 15 players named to the preseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented annually to the National Player of the Year.
Smart was the 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year and last season’s Wayman Tisdale Award winner, presented annually by the USBWA to the national freshman of the year. Wiggins, the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2013, averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocked shots and 2.5 steals while at Huntington Prep in West Virginia a year ago.
Members of the association's board of directors chose the players to be included on the list as contenders for the Robertson Trophy. The award is to be presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14, 2014 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.
While these standout players are the initial contenders for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, all NCAA Division I players are eligible for postseason honors from the USBWA. For the fifth straight season, the USBWA will present an Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week each Tuesday beginning Dec. 10. In mid-March, the USBWA will announce its 2013-14 All-America Team and, at that time, finalists will also be chosen for the player of the year. Once finalists are announced, the entire USBWA membership will vote for the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
2013-14 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST
Pos. Player, School (Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown)
G MARCUS SMART, Oklahoma State (6-4, 220, So., Flower Mound, Texas)
G ANDREW WIGGINS, Kansas (6-8, 200, Fr., Vaughan, Ont.)
G Jahii Carson, Arizona State (5-10, 180, So., Mesa, Ariz.)
G Aaron Craft, Ohio State (6-2, 195, Sr., Findlay, Ohio)
F C.J. Fair, Syracuse (6-8, 215, Sr., Baltimore, Md.)
F Aaron Gordon, Arizona (6-9, 225, Fr., San Jose, Calif.)
G Gary Harris, Michigan State (6-4, 210, So., Fishers, Ind.)
G Joe Harris, Virginia (6-6, 225, Sr., Chelan, Wash.)
F Doug McDermott, Creighton (6-8, 225, Sr., Ames, Iowa)
F Mitch McGary, Michigan (6-10, 255, So., Chesterton, Ind.)
G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (6-1, 180, Sr., Roxbury, Mass.)
F Jabari Parker, Duke (6-8, 235, Fr., Chicago, Ill.)
C Adreian Payne, Michigan State (6-10, 245, Sr., Dayton, Ohio)
F Julius Randle, Kentucky (6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas)
G Russ Smith, Louisville (6-0, 165, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.)