University of Michigan's Trey Burke accepts the 2013 Oscar Robertson Trophy from The Big O, flanked by Michigan coach John Beilein. (Photo courtesy of US Basketball Writers Association.)
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The Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, is the premier men's college player of the year award. It is also the only player of the year award actually named after a player — in this case, the National Association of Basketball Coaches' "Player of the Century."
University of Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke, a consensus first team All-American who led the Wolverines to a 30-7 record and their first Final Four appearance in 20 years, has been voted the winner of the 2013 Oscar Robertson Trophy. The 6-foot, 190-pound native of Columbus, OH, averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 assists per game while shooting 46% from the field and 81% from the free-throw line. His 30-foot 3-point buzzer-beater against Kansas, sending the game into overtime, was one of high points of the NCAA tournament.
The trophy is an 18" bronze sculpture created in 2005 by world-renowned St. Louis sculptor Harry Weber on commission from the USBWA and is based on the famous photo of Oscar Robertson rebounding against Kansas State. Weber's bronze sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY and the National Dog Museum, as well as private collections across the U.S. and overseas, and have been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Newport, Rhode Island.
UCLA has the most Oscar Robertson Trophy winners with nine, followed by Duke University with seven. Kenyon Martin was the first University of Cincinnati player to win the award since The Big O himself last won in 1960. For the complete list of winners since 1959, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Two permanent display cases, one of Oscar Robertson Trophy winners and one of memorabilia from The Big O's career dating back to Indianapolis Crispus Attucks High School, have been set up in the entrance hall at Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers and site of the 2006 Oscar Robertson Trophy presentation. Larry Bird, president of basketball operations for the Pacers, assisted The Big O in unveiling the display cases.
Last update 04/15/2013