The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Creighton forward Doug McDermott as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 16. The USBWA’s weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 19 this season.
As the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, McDermott 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.
McDermott, a 6-8 junior forward from Ames, Iowa, had 34 points and nine rebounds in a 74-64 win at Cal in his only game last week. He was 10-17 from the field, including 4-7 from three-point range, and was also perfect at the free-throw line (10-10). McDermott had 18 of Creighton’s 34 points in the first half and is Creighton’s first player since Bob Harstad in 1990 to have 30 or more points in consecutive games.