Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky, winner of the 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy, and The Big O are joined by Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and USBWA president Dana O'Neil of ESPN for the announcement at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium on the eve of the Final Four. [Photo credit:Lida DeGroote]
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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 such award actually named after a player or a living namesake — in this case, the National Association of Basketball Coaches' "Player of the Century."
Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky is the winner of the 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy. The 7-footer from Lisle, IL is the first Oscar Robertson Trophy winner from Wisconsin. While scoring 18.7 points a game, and also leading the team in rebounding, assists, blocked shots, FG percentage, 3-point FG percentage, free throws attempted and made, he led the Badgers to a 35-3 record and a spot in the Final Four.
Head coach Bo Ryan and the entire Wisconsin team joined Kaminsky and Oscar Robertson for the announcement. "To have Frank Kaminsky receive this (award) as the player of the year speaks volumes to what he has done to elevate our program and his teammates," Ryan said. "He's one of a kind, I can tell you that."
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 04/04/2014