The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has announced finalists for the 2010 Oscar Robertson Trophy, to be presented to the association's national player of the year. The Big 12 had four players recognized – more than all but one conference in the country.
Kansas' Sherron Collins is one of three returning finalists from a year ago and is joined on the list by teammate Cole Aldrich. Oklahoma State’s James Anderson and Damion James of Texas are also among the 16 players selected to appear on the ballot.
The presentation of this year's award will take place on Friday, April 2 at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four. The breakfast will also honor the winner of the Henry Iba Award, the association's coach of the year.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership of the association, which consists of nearly 900 journalists. The ballot will be distributed to the membership on Mon., March 1.
The following players are finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy: COLE ALDRICH, F, Kansas (6-11, 245, Jr., Bloomington, Minn.)
JAMES ANDERSON, G, Oklahoma State (6-6, 210, Jr., Junction City, Ark.)
SHERRON COLLINS, G, Kansas (5-11, 205, Sr., Chicago, Ill.)
DAMION JAMES, G/F, Texas (6-7, 225, Sr., Nacogdoches, Texas)
DeMarcus Cousins, F, Kentucky (6-11, 260, Fr., Mobile, Ala.)
Devan Downey, G, South Carolina (5-9, 170, Sr., Chester, S.C.)
Jimmer Fredette, G, BYU (6-2, 195, Jr., Glens Falls, N.Y.)
Luke Harangody, F, Notre Dame (6-8, 246, Sr., Schererville, Ind.)
Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue (6-8, 208, Jr., Valparaiso, Ind.)
Wesley Johnson, F, Syracuse (6-7, 205, Jr., Corsicana, Texas)
Dominique Jones, G, South Florida (6-4, 215, Jr., Lake Wales, Fla.)
Greg Monroe, C, Georgetown (6-11, 247, So., New Orleans, La.)
Scottie Reynolds, G, Villanova (6-2, 190, Se., Herndon, Va.)
Jon Scheyer, G, Duke (6-5, 190, Sr., Northbrook, Ill.)
Evan Turner, G/F, Ohio State (6-7, 205, So., Chicago, Ill.)
John Wall, G, Kentucky (6-4, 195, Fr., Raleigh, N.C.)
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is awarded to the USBWA's Player of the Year. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's first player of the year in 1959. The USBWA renamed its player of the year award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its awards, visit USBWA.com