Texas sophomore wing Jordan Hamilton has been named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending last Sunday, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Tuesday.
Also the Big 12 player of the week (teammate Tristan Thompson was the rookie of the week), Hamilton averaged 22.0 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Longhorns defeated Texas A&M and ended Kansas 69-game homecourt winning streak on Saturday. He led the Horns against A&M with 27 points and eight rebounds while hitting 10-of-14 field goals, including 3-of-7 from three-point range. Hamilton recorded 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks during UT’s 74-63 win at No. 2 Kansas.
Through 19 games, Hamilton leads the team and ranks third in the Big 12 Conference in scoring (19.5 ppg) and ranks second on the team and seventh in the league in rebounding (7.2 rpg).--Mike Jones.
This marks the second season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week is added to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list. Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation’s oldest award and the only one named after a former player.
No. 7/8 Texas (16-3 overall, 4-0 Big 12) returns to the court when it travels to Stillwater, Okla., for a game on Wednesday, Jan. 26 against Oklahoma State. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m. Central, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.