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Iowa State’s Dustin Hogue Is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week
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The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 8. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and was announced exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "Inside College Basketball" Tuesday.

As the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, Hogue 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.

Hogue, a 6-6 junior transfer from Yonkers, N.Y., led the unbeaten Cyclones to wins over Auburn and Northern Iowa by averaging 19.5 points and 15.0 rebounds. Last Monday, in a 99-70 win over Auburn in the Big 12/SEC challenge he collected with career-highs of 22 points and 16 boards, recording the Big 12's first 20-point, 15-rebound performance of the season. Then, on Saturday, he then followed with a 17-point, 14-rebound effort in a 91-82 overtime win vs. UNI, recording his third double-double of the season.

For the week, Hogue shot 70.6 percent (12-17) from the field, while making 3-6 (.500) from 3-point range and 12-18 (.667) from the free-throw line.

This is the fifth 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. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

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