Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Green named USBWA National Player of the Week

Draymond Green was already named to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is awarded by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the national player of the year, and he seems to be gaining momentum for the award, being named national player of the week today.

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Michigan State forward Draymond Green as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Feb. 19. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and has been handed out each Tuesday this season. Green is the season's final recipient. 

As the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Green 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.

Green, a 6-7 senior from Saginaw, Mich., had a pair of 20-point, 10-rebound games in Michigan State's wins over Wisconsin and at Purdue.

Last Thursday, Green led the Spartans to a 69-55 win over Wisconsin and had five assists to go along with his double-double. Three days later, he had seven assists in the 76-62 win at Purdue.

Green, among 20 players named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List on Feb. 6,  leads the Big Ten in rebounds (10.5 per game) and double-doubles (15). He is the only player in the conference ranked in the top ten in points, rebounds and assists.

This is the third season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week will be considered for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which will be presented to the National Player of the Year on March 30.

The USBWA will name finalists for the award at the conclusion of the regular season, and then name the winner on March 30.

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