"Ben and Jeff are having solid seasons to date and are in the position to have great years only if we continue to win in our league and play well," Kansas head coach Bill Self said.
McLemore leads Kansas in scoring at 16.1 points per game, which leads all Big 12 freshmen and ranks second overall in the conference. He leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.867) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (.451).
Withey leads Kansas in rebounding at 8.3 rebounds per game and has seven double-doubles this season. Both statistics rank third in the Big 12. The San Diego, Calif.-native leads the league in blocked shots at 4.3 per game, which is third nationally. He is scoring 13.1 points per outing and his 86 blocked shots this season are more than six Big 12 teams.
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 15 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 Big 12 has two previous Oscar Robertson winners - Blake Griffin (Oklahoma) in 2008-09 and Kevin Durant (Texas) in 2006-07.
2013 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
C Jeff Withey, Kansas (7-0, 235, Sr., San Diego, Calif.)
G Ben McLemore, Kansas (6-5, 195, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.)
F Anthony Bennett, UNLV (6-8, 240, Fr., Brampton, Ont.)
G Trey Burke, Michigan (6-0, 190, So., Columbus, Ohio)
G Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse (6-6, 185, So., Hamilton, Mass.)
F Doug McDermott, Creighton (6-8, 225, Jr., Ames, Iowa)
G Victor Oladipo, Indiana (6-5, 214, Jr., Upper Marlboro, Md.)
F Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga (7-0, 238, Jr., Kamloops, B.C.)
F Mason Plumlee, Duke (6-10, 235, Sr., Warsaw, Ind.)
G Russ Smith, Louisville (6-0, 165, Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
F Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State (6-7, 215, Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind.)
F Cody Zeller, Indiana (7-0, 240, So., Washington, Ind.)
While these standout players are the leading contenders to be named to the USBWA's All-America Team and as finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, all Division I players remain eligible for postseason honors from the USBWA. The association will announce its 2013 All-America Team in mid-March. 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.
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.