ST. LOUIS (USBWA) -- The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Kentucky guard Doron Lamb as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 26. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 22 this season.
Lamb, a 6-4 freshman from Queens, N.Y., came off the bench to score 32 points in leading the Wildcats to an 89-52 win over Winthrop. He went 11-for-12 from the field, making 7-of-8 3-pointers to break the school single-game freshman scoring record of 31 points set by Jamal Mashburn on Feb. 3, 1991 vs. Georgia.
It marks the third time that Lamb has scored at least 20 points in a game this year. He set career highs for points, field goals and 3-pointers. Lamb's seven 3-pointers are tied for the most by an SEC player this season.
This is the second season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week is added to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which will be released at mid-season.
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 2011 Oscar Robertson Trophy will be announced and presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast on Fri., April 1 in Houston, site of the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season.
2010-11 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
· Week of Dec. 5: Nick Glover, Iona
· Week of Dec. 12: Jimmer Fredette, BYU
· Week of Dec. 19: Khris Middleton, Texas A&M
· Week of Dec. 26: Doron Lamb, Kentucky