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Tyrese Maxey named to USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List

Kentucky freshman guard Tyrese Maxey has been named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy preseason watch list.

This afternoon, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association listed Maxey – Kentucky’s leading scorer – to the 46-man watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is presented to the national player of the year. He is one of just five freshmen on the initial list.

Maxey, who is averaging 14.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assist on the year, is already on the watch lists for the Citizen Naismith Trophy, the John R. Wooden Award and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I Player of the Year award. Through seven games, the 6-foot-3 guard has scored in double figures in five of seven games, is shooting 46.5% from the field, and has made a team-best 11 3-pointers.

In mid-March, the USBWA will announce its 2019-20 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.

Here is the entire list of contenders:

  • G Ty-Shon Alexander, Creighton, 6-4, 195, Jr. (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • G Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 6-3, 190, Fr. (New York, N.Y.)
  • G Desmond Bane, TCU, 6-6, 215, Sr. (Richmond, Ind.)
  • C Charles Bassey, WKU, 6-11, 230, So. (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • F Kerry Blackshear Jr., Florida, 6-10, 241, Gr. (Orlando, Fla.)
  • G Jared Butler, Baylor, 6-3, 190, So. (Reserve, La.)
  • G Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati, 6-3, 185, Gr. (Wilmington, Ohio)
  • G Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy, 6-1, 160, So. (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • F Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 6-9, 224, Sr. (Conakry, Guinea)
  • G Devon Dotson, Kansas, 6-2, 185, So. (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • F Anthony Edwards, Georgia, 6-5, 225, Fr. (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • G Jordan Ford, Saint Mary’s, 6-1, 175, Sr. (Folsom, Calif.)
  • C Luka Garza, Iowa, 6-11, 260, Jr. (Washington, D.C.)
  • G Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson, 6-5, 200, Sr. (Grindavik, Iceland)
  • F TJ Holyfield, Texas Tech, 6-8, 225, Sr. (Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • G Markus Howard, Marquette, 5-11, 180, Sr. (Chandler, Ariz.)
  • G Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA, 6-0, 170, Jr. (Bayamon, Puerto Rico)
  • G Tre Jones, Duke, 6-3, 185, So. (Apple Valley, Minn.)
  • F/C Nathan Knight, William & Mary, 6-10, 253, Sr. (Syracuse, N.Y.)
  • F Anthony Lamb, Vermont, 6-6, 227, Sr. (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • G Jermaine Marrow, Hampton, 6-0, 182, Sr. (Newport News, Va.)
  • G Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky, 6-3, 198, Fr. (Garland, Texas)
  • G Skylar Mays, LSU, 6-4, 205, Sr. (Baton Rouge, La.)
  • G Sam Merrill, Utah State, 6-5, 205, Sr. (Bountiful, Utah)
  • F John Mooney, Notre Dame, 6-9, 245, Sr. (Orlando, Fla.)
  • F Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt, 6-6, 213, So. (Charleston, S.C.)
  • F Zeke Nnaji, Arizona, 6-11, 240, Fr. (Hopkins, Minn.)
  • F Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 6-7, 225, Jr. (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • F Reggie Perry, Mississippi State, 6-10, 250, So. (Thomasville, Ga.)
  • F Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga, 6-11, 235, So. (Belgrade, Serbia)
  • G Myles Powell, Seton Hall, 6-2, 195, Sr. (Trenton, N.J.)
  • G Payton Pritchard, Oregon, 6-2, 190, Sr. (West Linn, Ore.)
  • F Nick Rakocevic, USC, 6-11, 225, Sr. (Chicago, Ill.)
  • G Jordan Roland, Northeastern, 6-1, 171, Sr. (Syracuse, N.Y.)
  • F Marcus Santos-Silva, VCU, 6-7, 250, Jr. (Taunton, Mass.)
  • F Lamar Stevens, Penn State, 6-8, 225, Sr. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • F Tres Tinkle, Oregon State, 6-7, 225, Sr. (Missoula, Mont.)
  • F Obi Toppin, Dayton, 6-9, 220, So. (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • F Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State, 6-9, 270, Jr. (Westerville, Ohio)
  • G Cassius Winston, Michigan State, 6-1, 185, Sr. (Detroit, Mich.)
  • C James Wiseman, Memphis, 7-1, 240, Fr. (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • G McKinley Wright IV, Colorado, 6-0, 196, Jr. (North Robbinsdale, Minn.)
  • C Omer Yurtseven, Georgetown, 7-0, 264, Sr. (Istanbul, Turkey)

The Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented at the Final Four in Atlanta. The winner will be also be honored at the annual USBWA Awards Luncheon at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on April 13.

Previous Oscar Robertson Trophy winners include Tim Duncan (Wake Forest, 1997), Michael Jordan (North Carolina, 1984), Larry Bird (Indiana State, 1979), Bill Walton (UCLA, 1972-74), Pete Maravich (LSU, 1969, ‘70), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (UCLA 1967-68) and Jerry Lucas (Ohio State 1961, ‘62). Anthony Davis became the first and only Wildcat to win the award in 2012.

(UK Athletics)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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