Oscar Robertson Trophy
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given out annually to the outstanding men's college basketball player by the United States Basketball Writers Association. The trophy is considered to be the oldest of its kind and has been given out since 1959. USBWA College Player of the Year was started in 1959, which makes it the oldest running trophy for the college player of the year; the USBWA annually selects a player of the year and All-America teams for both men and women in college basketball. The USBWA men's player of the year award is now called the Oscar Robertson Trophy; the USBWA selects a national coach of the year for men and women, with the men's award named after legendary coach Henry Iba. It was renamed after the college and professional legend Oscar Robertson in 1998. Five nominees are presented and the individual with the most votes receives the award during the NCAA Final Four; the Oscar Robertson Trophy known as the Player of the Year Award, was renamed in 1998 because of Robertson’s outstanding career and his continuing efforts to promote the game of basketball.
He averaged 32.6 points per game in his sophomore year at Cincinnati. List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards "Oscar Robertson Trophy". Sportswriters.net. United States Basketball Writers Association. Retrieved March 12, 2011
Josh Hart is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He was selected with the 30th overall pick by the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA draft before getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night. Hart played college basketball for Villanova; as a sophomore, Hart was named the Big East Tournament most outstanding player. He was named a third-team All-American as a junior, when he helped lead the Wildcats to a national championship in 2016; as a senior in 2017, he was a consensus first-team All-American. Hart was born on March 6, 1995 in Silver Spring, Maryland to Pat Hart, he has Moses Joseph Hart and Aimee Hart. He is the great-nephew of the baseball catcher Elston Howard. Growing up, Hart earned a reputation as a high-energy player, he attended Sidwell Friends School, where as a junior he averaged 20.6 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. However, he was nearly kicked out of school due to poor grades until several students and parents petitioned the school to give him a second chance.
As a senior, Hart averaged 24.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in leading the team to a 22-9 record. He was a first team All-Met selection by the Washington Post and Rivals.com's 82nd ranked prospect in the class of 2013. After considering Rutgers and Penn State, Hart signed a letter of intent with Villanova in November 2012. "It's about doing the things that the coaches want me to do," he said after committing. "I might not hit the winning three but I'm going to be the one that goes and gets a rebound when we need it and goes on the floor for a loose ball, anything to win." He got to know future Villanova teammate Kris Jenkins while playing AAU basketball in the Washington area. Hart was awarded Boy Scouts of America's highest rank, Eagle Scout, became one of only three known Eagle Scouts who have played in the NCAA's Final Four He is the only Eagle Scout to start on an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship team. A 2013-14 Big East All-Rookie Team selection, Hart averaged 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest as a freshman at Villanova.
He was named Big East Rookie of the Week three times. He did not shoot the ball well, making 31 percent of his three-point tries, but possessed "amazing confidence," according to assistant coach Baker Dunleavy. In the second game of his collegiate career, a 90–59 win over Mount St. Mary's, Hart posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, he scored a season-high 19 points in an 88–67 win over Rider on December 21, 2013. Hart had 18 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Seton Hall in the Big East tournament quarterfinals. Hart and teammate Darrun Hilliard both scored 20 points in an 85-62 rout of Temple on December 14, 2014. Hart scored 21 points in a December 20 game against Syracuse; the Wildcats never led in regulation and were down by 14 points in the second half, but managed to pull out an 82-77 overtime win. On February 28, 2015, in the second half of a game against Xavier, Hart was hit in the mouth during a scramble for the ball, requiring stitches on his lip; as a sophomore, Hart was named the Big East's sixth man of the year at the conclusion of the regular season.
"He's the perfect sixth man because he can come in and play any position except point guard," head coach Jay Wright said. Hart was the most outstanding player of the 2015 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, the first bench player to receive the honor, he was the tournament's leading scorer at 17.7 points per game, including a 20-point performance in an 84-49 quarterfinals victory over Marquette. He improved his three-point shooting to 47.3 percent, forcing opposing teams to guard him more on the perimeter. He improved his season averages to 4.5 rebounds per game. Hart's 2015–16 Wildcats were the unanimous coaches preseason selection to win the conference. In the NIT season tip-off, Hart scored a career-high 27 points to help Villanova defeat Akron by a score of 75-56. On January 2, 2016, Hart scored 25 points in a win over Creighton. Hart led the Wildcats to reach number one in the AP Poll by climbing to the top of the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings on February 8, he was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy on February 11.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Hart was unanimously selected first-team All-Big East. Hart was named a third-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches He helped Villanova win its second national championship in school history, first since 1985. On the season, he averaged 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists per game. Hart thought about the 2016 NBA Draft, but pulled his name out before the deadline. Coming into his senior season, Hart's Wildcats were projected to win the Big East by the coaches and he was named Preseason Player of the Year, he was named to the Associated Press preseason All-America team on November 2, 2016. In November Hart scored a then-career high 30 points vs Wake Forest in a 96–77 win at the Charleston Classic. On December 10, Hart scored a career-high 37 points along with 11 rebounds and four assists in a 74–66 win over Notre Dame to push No. 1 Villanova to a 10–0 record. On March 11, 2017, in the regular season finale versus Creighton Bluejays Hart scored 29 points in a 74–60 win.
Unlike the previous season, Hart's Villanova career would end in the 2nd round disappointment, when Bronson Koenig outgunned Hart and the other Wildcats while leading the Wisconsin Badgers to a 55-53 victory. On June 22, 2017, Hart was drafted 30th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz, he was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with the 42nd overall pick, Thomas Bryant
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts. It serves as the sport's most complete library, in addition to promoting and preserving the history of basketball. Dedicated to Canadian-American physician and inventor of the sport James Naismith, it was opened and inducted its first class in 1959; as of the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall has formally inducted 389 individuals. The Naismith Hall of Fame was established in 1959 by Lee Williams, a former athletic director at Colby College. In the 1960s, the Basketball Hall of Fame struggled to raise enough money for the construction of its first facility. However, during the following half-decade the necessary amount was raised, the building opened on Feb. 17, 1968, less than one month after the National Basketball Association played its 18th All-Star Game. The Basketball Hall of Fame's Board named four inductees in its first year.
In addition to honoring those who contributed to basketball, the Hall of Fame sought to make contributions of its own. In 1979, the Hall of Fame sponsored a pre-season college basketball exhibition; this Tip-Off Classic has been the start to the college basketball season since, although it does not always take place in Springfield, Massachusetts it returns every few years. In the 17 years that the original Basketball Hall of Fame operated at Springfield College, it drew more than 630,000 visitors; the popularity of the Basketball Hall of Fame necessitated that a new facility be constructed, in 1985, an $11 million facility was built beside the scenic Connecticut River in Springfield. As the new hall opened, it recognized women for the first time, with inductees such as Senda Berenson Abbott, who first introduced basketball to women at Smith College. During the years following its construction, the Basketball Hall of Fame's second facility drew far more visitors than anticipated, due in large part to the increasing popularity of the game but to the scenic location beside the river and the second Hall's interesting modern architecture.
In 2002, the Basketball Hall of Fame moved again—albeit 100 yards south along Springfield's riverfront—into a $47 million facility designed by renowned architects Gwathmey Siegel & Associates. The building's architecture features a metallic silver, basketball-shaped sphere flanked by two symmetrical rhombuses; the dome is illuminated at night and features 80,000 square foot, including numerous restaurants and an extensive gift shop. The second Basketball Hall of Fame was not torn down but rather converted into an LA Fitness health clubs; the current Basketball Hall of Fame features Center Court, a full-sized basketball court on which visitors can play. Inside the building there are a game gallery, many interactive exhibits, several theaters, an honor ring of inductees. A large theater for ceremonies seats up to 300; the honorees inducted in 2002 included the Harlem Globetrotters and Magic Johnson, a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA finals MVP and Olympic gold medalist. As of 2011, the current Basketball Hall of Fame has exceeded attendance expectations, with basketball fans traveling to the Hall of Fame from all over the world.
Despite the new facility's success, a logistical problem remains for the Basketball Hall of Fame and the City of Springfield. The two entities are separated by the Interstate 91 elevated highway—one of the eastern United States' busiest highways—which inhibits foot-traffic and other interaction between the Basketball Hall of Fame and Springfield's lively Metro Center. Both the Hall and Springfield have made public statements about cooperating further so as to facilitate more business and recreational growth for both. Urban planners at universities such as UMass Amherst have called for the I-91 to be moved, or to be re-configured so as to be pedestrian-friendly to Hall of Fame visitors. In 2010, the Urban Land Institute announced a plan to make the walk between Springfield's Metro Center and the Hall of Fame easier. In contrast to the Pro Football and the National Baseball Halls of Fame, Springfield honors international and American professionals, as well as American and international amateurs, making it arguably the most comprehensive Hall of Fame among major sports.
From 2011 to 2015 seven committees were, as of 2016 six committees are employed to both screen and elect candidates. Four of the committees screen prospective candidates: North American Screening Committee Women's Screening Committee International Screening Committee Veterans Screening Committee, with "Veterans" defined as individuals whose careers ended at least 35 years before they are considered for election. Since 2011, the Veterans and International Committees vote to directly induct one candidate for each induction class. Three committees were formed in 2011 to directly elect one candidate for each induction class: American Basketball Association Committee - This committee was permanently disbanded in 2015 because it had fulfilled its purpose over the previous five years. Contributor Direct Election Committee Other committees may choose to elect contributors. For example, the 2014 class included two contributors. Early African-American Pioneers of the Game CommitteeIndividuals who receive at least seven votes from the North American Screening Committee or five votes from one of the other screening committees in a given year are eligible to advance to an Honors Committee, composed of 12 members plus rotating groups of 12 specialists (one group for
Rui Hachimura is a Japanese basketball player for the Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference and the Japanese national team. Listed at 6 ft 8 in and 230 lbs, he plays both the small power forward positions, he is considered one of the top prospects for the 2019 NBA draft. Born in Toyama Prefecture, Hachimura achieved success at the youth level in Japan, leading Meisei High School to three straight All-Japan High School Tournament titles and being a top player for the Japanese under-17 and under-19 national teams in FIBA competition, he joined Gonzaga in 2016 as the fifth Japanese-born men's NCAA Division I player and became the first Japanese national in 2017 to play in the NCAA Division I men's tournament. As a sophomore, he earned first-team All-WCC honors, he was named a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year. Hachimura was born in Toyama Prefecture of Japan to a Japanese Beninese father. In his childhood, he played baseball as a pitcher. On December 29, 2013, Hachimura led the Meisei High School basketball team to its second title in the All-Japan High School Tournament, scoring 32 points in a 92–78 win over Fukuoka University Ohori.
In 2014, he helped. In April 2015, Hachimura was invited to the Jordan Brand Classic, where he recorded nine points and five rebounds in the International Game. On November 21, 2015, he signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for Gonzaga Bulldogs in the U. S. being considered by ESPN as one of the best international players entering college. On December 29, 2015, Hachimura posted 34 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks to guide Meisei past Tsuchiura Nihon University High School for his third All-Japan Tournament victory. Despite signing with Gonzaga in the early signing period for 2016, Hachimura had his eligibility to play college basketball called into question; the concerns were that he needed to acclimate better culturally and linguistically to the U. S. and would need to attend a prep school before entering Gonzaga or redshirting if eligible. In February 2016, Hachimura claimed to understand 80 percent of English but speak only 30-40 percent of it. By April 2016, Hachimura was still working toward passing the SAT to gain entrance to college.
In May 2016, Hachimura announced that he met the SAT and GPA requirements to be eligible to play at Gonzaga beginning as early as fall 2016. He did not redshirt his first year. Hachimura made his regular season debut for the Gonzaga Bulldogs on November 11, 2016 against Utah Valley, recording 1 point and 3 rebounds in 4 minutes; as a result, he became the fifth Japanese-born player to play NCAA Division I basketball. On December 1, he scored a season-high 10 points in 13 minutes in a 97–63 win over Mississippi Valley State. Hachimura scored 8 points on February 23, 2017 against San Diego, helping his team win the West Coast Conference title. On March 16, 2017, after playing 1 minute against South Dakota State, he became the first Japanese native to appear in the NCAA Division I men's tournament. Through 28 games as a freshman, Hachimura averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the field in 4.6 minutes per game. In the 2017–18 campaign, Hachimura appeared in 37 games for Gonzaga, including two starts, averaging 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.
Coming into his junior season, Hachimura was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team. He opened the regular season on November 6, 2018 by scoring 33 points in a 120–79 win over Idaho State. On November 21, Hachimura recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists to help upset No. 1-ranked Duke in the Maui Invitational finals. Subsequently, he was named most valuable player of the tournament. Hachimura was selected the 2019 WCC Player of the Year. Hachimura represents Japan internationally. At the 2013 FIBA Asia U16 Championship in Iran, he averaged 22.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks through eight contests, guiding his team to a third-place finish. In April 2014, he played the Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament in Germany with Japan's under 18 national team, finishing in last place. Japan finished the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships 14th of 16 teams, with Hachimura scoring a tournament-high 22.6 points per game, while pulling down 6.6 boards and blocking 1.7 shots a contest. During the tournament, he dropped 25 points on the USA team.
He competed for Japan in the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup, averaging team-bests 20.6 points and 11.0 rebounds a contest. In a qualification round for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Hachimura scored 25 points to help Japan defeat Iran 70-56. Gonzaga Bulldogs bio Top NBA prospect Rui Hachimura wants to inspire biracial athletes in Japan Rui Hachimura on Twitter
The small forward known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are shorter and leaner than power forwards and centers, but taller and larger than either of the guard positions; the small forward is considered to be the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6' 6" to 6' 10" while in the WNBA, small forwards are between 5' 11" to 6' 2". Small forwards are responsible for scoring points, defending and as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball are prolific scorers; the styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely. Some players at the position are accurate shooters, others prefer to initiate physical contact with opposing players, still others are slashers who possess jump shots. In some cases, small forwards position as off-the-ball specialists.
Small forwards who are defensive specialists are versatile as they can guard multiple positions using their size and strength
NABC Player of the Year
The NABC Player of the Year is an award given annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to recognize the top player in men's college basketball. The award has been given since the 1974–75 season to National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball players; the association added awards for Division II and Division III players in 1983, for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and junior college players in 2008. The awards have been sponsored by State Farm Insurance. In Division I, Duke has the most all-time winners with six, their rival, North Carolina, as well as Kansas are tied for second with four winners. There have been three ties for NABC Player of the Year, only two players have won the award multiple times. In Division II, Virginia Union has four winners, the most all-time, is followed by Kentucky Wesleyan which has three. Only one tie has occurred. In Division III, Potsdam State has the most all-time winners with three, while six other schools are tied for second with two winners apiece.
There have been four repeat winners. At the NAIA level, there is a distinction between NAIA Division NAIA Division II winners. Since the awards began in 2008, no school or individual player has received the award multiple times. In junior college, every winner has been a sophomore and has gone on to play at an NCAA Division I school after their community college careers have ended. For the 2007–08 season, Ryan Fiegi, a senior point guard at Oregon Tech, was named the player of the year. Beginning in 2008–09, the NAIA began awarding players of the year for Divisions I and II. Since community college players only attend for two years, these players are only either freshmen or sophomores. Afterwards, they move on to a four year university to finish their last two seasons of NCAA eligibility; the "University" column reflects which team these players would play for following their JuCo careers. List of U. S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards Official website
Denzel Robert Valentine is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Michigan State; as a senior, Valentine became the first player in Michigan State history to be recognized as the National Player of the Year by The Associated Press. He earned other player of the year awards from the NABC, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, Basketball Times in addition to being named a unanimous First-Team All-American. Valentine attended J. W. Sexton High School, where he was coached by his father, Carlton Valentine, played alongside future Michigan State teammate Bryn Forbes and Iowa basketball player Anthony Clemmons; as a sophomore, Valentine averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds, leading Sexton to a state title game. He was awarded 2010 Class B honorable mention all-state. Valentine averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists per game as a senior, leading Sexton to a 27–1 record, he was selected as the Lansing State Journal Player of the Year and Associated Press Class B Player of the Year as a senior.
As a recruit, Valentine was nationally ranked in the top 100 by Rivals.com, ESPNU100, Scout.com. Following his successful freshman year, Valentine was the recipient of MSU's Unsung Player Award; as a sophomore, he earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten. With Adreian Payne and Gary Harris leaving MSU for the NBA Draft, Keith Appling leaving due to graduation, the dismissal of Kenny Kaminski, the transfer of Russell Byrd, Valentine saw an increase in leadership and an expanded role on the team as a junior. Before the season started, he was awarded one of the three captain spots. One of Valentine's most memorable moments came on Valentine's Day 2015, he hit the game winning shot in a matchup versus Ohio State and finished with 17 points, his junior season saw him earn Orlando Classic All-Tournament Team, Third Team All-Big Ten, USBWA All-District V, NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team honors. On November 17, 2015, the senior Valentine became the 4th player in Michigan State history to record a triple-double.
He had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in Michigan State's 79-73 victory over the fourth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. It was the first triple-double of the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. On December 21, it was announced that Valentine would be sidelined for 2–3 weeks after he underwent an arthroscopic knee surgery, he returned on January 10, 2016. He was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy on February 11. On February 29, he was named a semifinalist of the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Valentine was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, the NABC Player of the Year. Valentine finished the 2015–16 regular season averaging 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists as MSU finished in second place in the Big Ten. On March 8, USA Today named Valentine National Player of the Year over Oklahoma's Buddy Hield; the Big Ten announced that Valentine was the Big Ten's Player of the Year. On March 9, Valentine was named to the Sporting News All-American Team.
Valentine's senior year at Michigan State saw him ranked among the NCAA leaders when it came to three-point shooting. He accumulated many awards and won Michigan State's first College Basketball Player of the Year Award since Draymond Green won the NABC Player of the Year in 2012. Valentine shined during the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, earning tournament Most Outstanding Player while winning Michigan State's fifth championship. Valentine, along with Bryn Forbes, were selected to the NCAA College Basketball Three-Point Contest following his senior year. Valentine defeated his teammate in the first round of the competition when he rattled off 22 points compared to Forbes' 10. Valentine was eliminated from the competition in the semifinals when he hit 17 points, needing 23 to advance. Valentine's senior year proved effective in raising his draft stock. Valentine went from being undrafted to being seen as a potential lottery pick in the 2016 NBA draft. George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year Michigan State Team MVP Media Michigan State Team MVP Players/Coaches Michigan State Antonio Smith Guts and Glue Award Naismith National Player of the Week 2/16/16 Lute Olson Award National Player of the Week 11/30/15 CS Madness – National Player of the Week 11/22/15 CS Madness – Big Ten Player of the Week 11/29/15 CS Madness – Big Ten Player of the Week 11/22/15 BTN – Big Ten Player of the Week 2/15/16 BTN – Big Ten Player of the Week 2/8/16 BTN – Big Ten Player of the Week 11/23/15 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year AP – National Player of the Year NABC – National Player of the Year USA Today – National Player of the Year NBC Sports – National Player of the Year Sports Illustrated – National Player of the Year College Sports Madness – National Player of the Year Basketball Times – National Player of the Year Senior CLASS Award Winner – Top Senior in the Nation CollegeInsider.com – Lute Olson National Player of the Year Julius Erving Award – Nations Top Small Forward Bleacher Report – National Player of the Year Runner-Up Sporting News Player of the Year Runner-Up Sports On Earth – Player of the Year Runner-Up Oscar Robertson Trophy – Player of the Year Runner-Up Naismith Award – Player of the Year Runner-Up Wooden Award – Player of the Year Runner-Up Wooden Award Finalist Naismith Award Finalist USA Today – Player