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Three From Big 12 Named USBWA Award Finalists
February 27, 2014
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The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 15 outstanding players as finalists for its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy and six standout freshmen as finalists for the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award.  Three from the Big 12 – Melvin Ejim of Iowa State and Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas – are on the list. 

Members of the association's board of directors chose the finalists and the entire 975-member USBWA will vote on the awards as well as the annual All-America and All-District teams.

Ejim, is leading the Big 12 in scoring with 18.4 points per game. He is also third in rebounding (8.3) and has scored in double figures in 23 of 25 games played.  Wiggins leads Kansas with a 16.3-point scoring average, the best among Big 12 freshmen and ninth overall in the conference. Embiid is coming off his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds against Oklahoma.  He has set the KU freshman record for blocked shots in a season (71) and ranks second in the Big 12 with 2.6 per game. 

The Oscar Robertson Trophy recipient will be announced on Friday, April 4, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at a press conference in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four.  On Monday, March 17, the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award winner will be announced.  All three award winners will be formally presented their awards at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on Monday, April 14, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With 975 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 its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

2014 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS
G/F Kyle Anderson, UCLA, 6-9, 230, So., Fairview, N.J.
F Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico, 6-9, 250, Sr., Brisbane, Australia
F Cleanthony Early, Wichita State, 6-8, 219, Sr., Middletown, N.Y.
F Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, 6-6, 220, Sr., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
G Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6-2, 180, Fr., Brampton, Ont.
F C.J. Fair, Syracuse, 6-8, 215, Sr., Baltimore, Md.
G Nick Johnson, Arizona, 6-3, 200, Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.
G Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, 6-4, 210, Sr., Yonkers, N.Y.
F Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, 225, Sr., Ames, Iowa
G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, 6-1, 180, Sr., Roxbury, Mass.
F Jabari Parker, Duke, 6-8, 235, Fr., Chicago, Ill.
F Casey Prather, Florida, 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
F Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
G Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, 165, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
G Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6-8, 200, Fr., Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

2014 INTEGRIS WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD FINALISTS
C Joel Embiid, Kansas, 7-0, 250, Fr., Yaounde, Cameroon
G Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6-2, 180, Fr., Brampton, Ontario, Canada
F Aaron Gordon, Arizona, 6-9, 225, Fr., San Jose, Calif.
F Jabari Parker, Duke, 6-8, 235, Fr., Chicago, Ill.
F Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
G Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6-8, 200, Fr., Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

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