UPI College Basketball Player of the Year
The UPI College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the best men's basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1954–55 season and was discontinued following the 1995–96 season, it was given by United Press International, a news agency in the United States that rivaled the Associated Press but began to decline with the advent of television news. Five players—Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson—won the award multiple times. Of these five, only Robertson and Sampson were three-time UPI Players of the Year. UCLA had the most all-time winners with six. Ohio State was second with four winners, while Cincinnati and Virginia were tied for third with three winners apiece. Five other schools had two winners and sixteen schools had only one UPI Player of the Year. Eight of the winners were sophomores, seven were juniors, the remaining 27 were seniors. No freshman was presented the award. A Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971 after converting to Islam.
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Olumiye "Miye" Oni is an American college basketball player for the Yale Bulldogs of the Ivy League. Listed at 6 ft 6 in and 210 pounds, he plays the shooting guard position. Oni is a three-time All-Ivy League selection, he has been projected as a potential selection at the 2019 NBA draft as a rare prospect from the Ivy League. Oni, of Nigerian descent, grew up in Northridge, Los Angeles and began playing high school basketball at Viewpoint School, where he was named the divisional player of the year, he was recruited at Viewpoint and committed to Williams College of the NCAA Division III. After drawing more interest as a senior at Viewpoint, he committed to Yale, but admissions rules forced him to play an additional season of prep basketball at Suffield Academy before college. Oni was born to Nigerian parents Oludotun Oni, his father is a professor at the University of an engineer. Oni began playing basketball at age two with a toy hoop and joined a YMCA league with his older sister at age five.
From a young age, he had aspirations to play in the National Basketball Association and admired Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. In addition to basketball, he played football as a safety and wide receiver, baseball. Oni started playing high school basketball at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California under head coach J. J. Prince, he played for the junior varsity team in his freshman season, when he stood 5 feet 9 inches and weighed 140 pounds. As a junior, Oni suffered a knee injury; the injury hindered his college recruiting because he did not have film to show college coaches before his senior year. Oni stood 6 feet 4 inches and weighed 180 pounds by the time he was a senior, he had a breakout final season for Viewpoint, averaging 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and being named California Interscholastic Federation Division 5AA player of the year. At Viewpoint, Oni did not draw interest from NCAA Division I basketball programs and was only recruited by Division III school Williams College, where he committed in the fall of his senior year of high school.
However, Williams did not offer enough financial aid for his family to meet the cost of attendance. During his senior season at Viewpoint, Oni attracted attention from Yale assistant coach Matt Kingsley. After watching his highlight video in the spring of 2015, Yale head coach James Jones offered him, Oni committed to play for the team on July 1, 2015.. However, since Yale admissions were closed, he spent his next season playing for Suffield Academy, a prep school in Suffield, located near Yale University. With Suffield, Oni averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and earned New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class A player of the year distinction. On February 5, 2016, he scored 52 points with 11 three-pointers versus Wilbraham & Monson Academy at the National Prep School Invitational, breaking his school record and Shabazz Napier's tournament record. Oni was named most outstanding player of the event, he was a nominee for the 2016 McDonald's All-American Boys Game. Oni made his debut for Yale on November 13, 2016, recording a team-high 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists in a 98–90 upset win over Washington.
In his next game, he posted 13 points, 10 rebounds, a season-best 5 blocks in an 89–81 victory over Lehigh. Oni claimed Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors in each of his first three weeks with Yale. On February 25, 2017, he scored a season-high 27 points while chipping in 7 rebounds and 4 assists, in a 99–86 win over Dartmouth. By the end of the season, Oni was averaging 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game. He earned second-team All-Ivy League recognition and was named conference Rookie of the Week on five different occasions during the season. Entering the 2017–18 season, the Hartford Courant speculated that the Yale duo of Oni and Makai Mason could be "one of the top backcourts in the country." On November 14, 2017, his third appearance in his sophomore season, he led all scorers with 20 points in an 86–54 victory over South Carolina State. Oni erupted for 26 points, his best mark in the season, recorded team-highs of 7 rebounds and 4 assists on November 25, in a 79–73 loss to Vermont.
On February 24, 2018, he flirted with a triple-double in an 83–73 win over Columbia, matching his season-high of 26 points while leading his team with 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Through 29 games, Oni averaged 15.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists per game, leading Yale in all three categories. He tied the school record for three-pointers attempted in a single season, with 184. Oni was a three-time Ivy League Player of the Week, unanimous first-team All-Ivy League pick, National Association of Basketball Coaches District 13 second-team selection. Oni made his junior season debut on November 9, 2018, scoring 16 points in a 76–59 win over California at the Pac-12 China Game held in Shanghai. On November 21, he posted his first double-double of the season, leading his team with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 79–70 loss to Vermont. On December 1, Oni scored 29 points and was named game MVP in a 77–73 victory over Miami at the Hoophall Miami Invitational, he erupted for 31 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, leading his team in each category, on February 2, 2019 in an 89–68 win over Dartmouth.
Oni was the first Yale player to record a 30-point game since Anthony Dallier in 2017. In his next game, a 74–60 victory over Princeton, he posted a career-high 35 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks. Oni scored the most single-game points in school history since Greg Mangano in 2012, he delivered another strong performance on March 1
The Ivy League is an American collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. The term Ivy League is used to refer to those eight schools as a group of elite colleges beyond the sports context; the eight members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Yale University. Ivy League has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, social elitism. While the term was in use as early as 1933, it became official only after the formation of the NCAA Division I athletic conference in 1954. Seven of the eight schools were founded during the colonial period, thus account for seven of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution; the other two colonial colleges Rutgers University and the College of William & Mary became public institutions instead. Ivy League schools are viewed as some of the most prestigious, are ranked among the best universities worldwide by U.
S. News & World Report. All eight universities place in the top fourteen of the 2019 U. S. News & World Report national university rankings, including four Ivies in the top three. In the 2019 U. S. News & World Report global university rankings, three Ivies rank in the top ten and six in the top twenty. Undergraduate-focused Ivies such as Brown University and Dartmouth College rank 99th and 197th, respectively. U. S. News has named a member of the Ivy League as the best national university in each of the past 18 years ending with the 2018 rankings: Princeton eleven times, Harvard twice, the two schools tied for first five times. Undergraduate enrollments range from about 4,000 to 14,000, making them larger than those of a typical private liberal arts college and smaller than a typical public state university. Total enrollments, including graduate students, range from 6,400 at Dartmouth to over 20,000 at Columbia, Cornell and Penn. Ivy League financial endowments range from Brown's $3.5 billion to Harvard's $34.5 billion, the largest financial endowment of any academic institution in the world.
The Ivy League has drawn many comparisons to other elite grouping of universities in other nations such as Oxbridge and the Golden Triangle in the United Kingdom, C9 League in China, Group of Eight in Australia, Imperial Universities in Japan. These counterparts are referred to in the American media as the "Ivy League" of their respective nations. Additionally, groupings of schools use the "Ivy" nomenclature to denote a perceived comparability, such as American liberal arts colleges, lesser known schools, public universities, schools in the Southern United States. Ivy League universities have some of the largest university financial endowments in the world, which allows the universities to provide many resources for their academic programs and research endeavors; as of 2017, Harvard University has an endowment of $37.1 billion, the highest of any US university Additionally, each university receives millions of dollars in research grants and other subsidies from federal and state governments.
Note: Six of the eight Ivy League universities consider their founding dates to be the date that they received their charters and thus became legal corporations with the authority to grant academic degrees. Harvard University uses the date that the legislature of the Massachusetts Bay Colony formally allocated funds for the creation of a college. Harvard was chartered in 1650, although classes had been conducted for a decade by then; the University of Pennsylvania considered its founding date to be 1750. In Penn's early history, the university changed its recognized founding date to 1749, used for all of the nineteenth century, including a centennial celebration in 1849. In 1899, Penn's board of trustees formally adopted a third founding date of 1740, in response to a petition from Penn's General Alumni Society. Penn was chartered in 1755, the same year. "Religious affiliation" refers to financial sponsorship, formal association with, promotion by, a religious denomination. All of the schools in the Ivy League are private and not associated with any religion.
Students have long revered the ivied walls of older colleges. "Planting the ivy" was a customary class day ceremony at many colleges in the 1800s. In 1893, an alumnus told The Harvard Crimson, "In 1850, class day was placed upon the University Calendar.... The custom of planting the ivy, while the ivy oration was delivered, arose about this time." At Penn, graduating seniors started the custom of planting ivy at a university building each spring in 1873 and that practice was formally designated as "Ivy Day" in 1874. Ivy planting ceremonies are reported for Yale, Bryn Mawr and many others. Princeton's "Ivy Club" was founded in 1879; the first usage of Ivy in reference to a group of colleges is from sportswriter Stanley Woodward. A proportion of our eastern ivy colleges are meeting little fellows another Saturday before plunging into the strife and the turmoil; the first known instance of the term Ivy League being used appeared in The Christian Science Monitor on February 7, 1935. Several sportswriters and other journalists used the term shortly to refer to the older colleges, those along the northeastern seaboard of the United States, chiefly the nine institutions with origins dating from the colonial era, together with th
Power forward (basketball)
The power forward known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center, they play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of, rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, several players have become accurate from 12 to 18 feet. Earlier, these skills were more exhibited in the European style of play; some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals. In the NBA, power forwards range from 6' 8" to 7' 0" while in the WNBA, power forwards are between 6' 1" and 6' 4". Despite the averages, a variety of players fit "tweener" roles which finds them in the small forward or center position depending on matchups and coaching decisions.
Some power forwards play the center position and have the skills, but lack the height, associated with that position
Craig Robinson (basketball)
Craig Malcolm Robinson is an American college basketball coach, basketball executive, broadcaster. He is a former head men's basketball coach at Oregon State Brown University, he was a star forward as a player at Princeton University in the early 1980s and a bond trader during the 1990s. He is the vice president of player and organizational development for the New York Knicks. Robinson is the older brother of former U. S. First Lady Michelle Obama and the brother-in-law of former U. S. President Barack Obama. Robinson has four children. Craig Malcolm Robinson was born on April 21, 1962, in DeYoung, Illinois, to Fraser Robinson, a city water plant employee and Democratic precinct captain, Marian Robinson, a secretary at Spiegel's catalog store. Robinson grew up in Chicago's South Shore with Michelle, he skipped the second grade in school. He attended the parochial Mount Carmel High School; when Robinson was considering what college to go to, his father insisted that he attend Princeton University for its Ivy League academics, rather than either the University of Washington or Purdue University, which offered scholarships and major basketball conference play.
Robinson, who stands 6 feet 6 inches and played forward, was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year at Princeton University, in 1981–1982 and 1982–1983, leading the league in field goal percentage both years. He is the fourth highest scorer in school history, he graduated in 1983 with a B. A. in Sociology. His senior thesis was on social stratification in prisons. Robinson and former teammate John W. Rogers, Jr. were among those invited to practice with Michael Jordan as he prepared for his comeback. Robinson was drafted in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, but never played in the league, he played professionally for the Manchester Giants in the British Basketball League for two seasons and returned to the U. S. in 1988 to become an assistant coach at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a position he held until 1990. Robinson left basketball on the advice of his Princeton coach Pete Carril and pursued a business degree, earning an M. B. A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1992.
Robinson worked in the 1990s as a bond trader. He became a vice president at Continental Bank and worked there from 1990 to 1992, he was a vice president, from 1992 to 1999, at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He was a managing director and partner at Loop Capital Markets, a minority-owned boutique investment banking firm; when Robinson's sister, began dating her law firm colleague, Barack Obama, who played basketball recreationally, she asked her brother to play with Obama and give her a character assessment so that she would know whether she could become serious with him. He gave an encouraging report to her; as he related, "When I played basketball with Barack, he was confident, which means he had good self-esteem without being cocky. He was a team player – he wasn't a pig, he passed when he was supposed to pass, he cut when he was supposed to cut. To me, that speaks to a lack of selfishness, he had natural leadership ability, because he didn't just pass me the ball because he was dating my sister.
Whenever a player gets tired, he reverts to the player he is. That's, and we played for hours. That's how I could tell." The story of this pick-up game and of a "test" being passed became a key part of the Obama narrative. While working in the business world, Robinson kept a hand in basketball by doing area scouting for Princeton and coaching one year at University of Chicago High School, he earned a high six-figure income in his business career, but he decided the financial world had lost its appeal and found his luxury lifestyle was not enough to save his marriage to Janis Robinson. By 2000, Robinson was going through a divorce. Robinson has two children from his first marriage, a son Avery and a daughter Leslie. Robinson remarried to his wife Kelly, they became parents of sons Austin in 2010 and Aaron in 2012. His daughter Leslie joined the Princeton Tigers women's basketball team as a forward. Robinson returned to coaching in 1999, he was an assistant for six years to Bill Carmody at Northwestern University, where he was an effective recruiter.
He became a head coach at Brown University in 2006, where he ran a variation of the Princeton offense which he learned from Pete Carril during his years at Princeton. In improving a mid-level basketball program, he stressed work ethic, used tough love, tried to improve the players' vocabulary. A fifth-place placing with a strong finish to the season garnered Robinson the Ivy League men's basketball Coach of the Year for the 2006–2007 season by Basketball-U.com. The following year, the Brown Bears finished second in the league, their 19 wins for the season was a team record. Robinson assisted his brother-in-law throughout the latter's 2008 presidential campaign, including campaigning for him during the Iowa caucuses and campaigning and giving speeches for him in a number of other states, sometimes combining campaigning with recruiting visits, he introduced his sister Michelle before her speech on August 25, 2008, the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, which gave him his largest national exposure.
He was on stage following Obama's victory speech in Grant Park after his election as president on November 4, 2008. On April 7, 2008, Robinson was hired as the Oregon State Beavers' head basketball coach following the team's winless Pacific-10 Conference
Naismith College Player of the Year
The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of Dr. James Naismith. First awarded to male players in 1969, the award was expanded to include female players in 1983. Annually before the college season begins in November, a "watchlist" consisting of 50 players is chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club board of selectors, comprising head coaches and media members from across the United States. By February, the list of nominees is narrowed down to 30 players based on performance. In March, four out of the 30 players are placed in the final ballot; the final winners are selected in April by both the board of selectors and fan voting via text messaging. The winners receive the Naismith Trophy. Since its beginning in 1969, the trophy has been awarded to 23 female players. Lew Alcindor of the University of California, Los Angeles and Anne Donovan of Old Dominion University were the first winners, respectively.
Bill Walton of UCLA and Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia have been the only men to win this award multiple times, with both winning three times. Eight women in all have won this award multiple times. Cheryl Miller of the University of Southern California and Breanna Stewart of the University of Connecticut are the only three-times winners, while seven others won it twice: Clarissa Davis of the University of Texas, Dawn Staley of the University of Virginia, Chamique Holdsclaw of the University of Tennessee, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut, Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University, Brittney Griner of Baylor University. Davis and Moore are the only ones of either sex to have won multiple times in non-consecutive years. Two award winners were born in United States territories: Alfred "Butch" Lee, born in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Tim Duncan, born in the U. S. Virgin Islands; the only three award winners who have been born outside the jurisdiction of the United States were: Andrew Bogut, born in Melbourne, Australia.
Patrick Ewing, born in Kingston, Jamaica. Buddy Hield, born in Freeport, Bahamas. Three of these players were developed at least in the U. S. proper—Lee was raised in Harlem from early childhood, Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 12, Hield attended high school in suburban Wichita, Kansas. Duncan did not move to the U. S. proper until he arrived at Wake Forest University, Bogut lived in Australia until his arrival at the University of Utah. Duke has had the most male winners with eight, while Connecticut has had the most female winners, with ten awards won by six individuals; the award has been won by a freshman three times: Kevin Durant playing for Texas in 2007, in 2012 by Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Zion Williamson of Duke in 2019 List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award Official website
Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year
The Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the most outstanding intercollegiate men's basketball player in the United States. The award was first given following the 1904–05 season and ceased being awarded after the 1978–79 season, it was the first major most valuable player award for men's basketball in the United States, the Helms Athletic Foundation was considered within the basketball community to be the authority on men's college basketball for that era. Thus, the award was viewed as the premier player of the year award one could receive up until the 1960s, at which point the Naismith College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award took over as the national season MVP awards. "Helms Foundation Player of the Year Winners". Sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2010. Bjarkman, Peter. Hoopla: A Century of College Basketball. Masters Press. ISBN 1-57028-039-8