Feb. 16, 2010
BERKELEY - The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Jerome Randle as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Feb. 14. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and has been handed out each Tuesday this season.
For being named the Pac-10 Player of the Week yesterday, Randle 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.
Randle, a 5-10 senior from Chicago, Ill., led the Golden Bears to wins over Washington and Washington State. In Thursday's 93-81 win over the Huskies, Randle scored 21 of his 33 points in the first half. It was his second 30-point game of the season and third of his career. Saturday, in the 86-70 victory over the Cougars, Randle scored 24 points while shooting 6-for-9 from the three-point line as Cal erased an 11-point halftime deficit.
Randle has now moved into third place on Cal's all-time scoring list, just eight points behind Lamond Murray. For the week, Randle 53 percent (19-for-36) from the field, 64 percent (9-for-14) from behind the arc and 91 percent (10-for-11) from the free throw line.
This is the first season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. Later today, the USBWA will announce the finalists for the 2009-10 Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Award.
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 of the USBWA. The winner of the 2010 Oscar Robertson Trophy will be announced and presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast on Friday, April 2, in Indianapolis, Ind., site of the 2010 NCAA Men's Final Four.
2009-10 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 13: Gordon Hayward, Butler Week of Dec. 20: Jon Scheyer, Duke Week of Dec. 27: Devin Ebanks, West Virginia Week of Jan. 3: Jimmer Fredette, BYU Week of Jan. 10: Luke Harangody, Notre Dame Week of Jan. 17: Damion James, Texas Week of Jan. 24: Adrian Oliver, San Jose State Week of Jan. 31: Devan Downey, South Carolina Week of Feb. 7: Denis Clemente, Kansas State Week of Feb. 14: Jerome Randle, California