Nov. 5, 2013
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- University of Michigan men's basketball sophomore forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) was selected today (Tuesday, Nov. 5) as one of 15 players to watch for the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).
McGary is one of four Big Ten players to make the listing as Michigan State's Gary Harris and Adriean Payne and Ohio State's Aaron Craft are also among the 15 candidates. Last season, former Wolverine Trey Burke earned U-M's second national player of the year award by the USBWA; Michigan legend Cazzie Russell won it in 1966.
In the preseason, McGary has been named to a total of five All-America teams -- Associated Press (first team), USA Today (first team), Sporting News (first team), Athlon Sports (second team) and Blue Ribbon College Basketball (second team). He was also named to the Preseason All-Big Ten team.
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 player of the year award and the only one named after a former player.
The award is to be presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14, 2014, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla.
OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY
2013-14 Preseason Watch List
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Joe Harris, Virginia
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Mitch McGary, Michigan
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Jabari Parker, Duke
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Russ Smith, Louisville
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
Additional Wolverine Preseason Honors
McGary Named to Associated Press Preseason All-America Team (11/4/2013)
U-M Predicted Second; McGary, Robinson III Preseason All-Big Ten (10/31/2013)
McGary Chosen for Two More Preseason All-America Teams (9/27/2013)
McGary Selected to USA Today Preseason All-America Team (9/23/2013)
McGary Selected to Sporting News' Preseason All-America Team (9/6/2013)
Robinson III Featured on Cover of Lindy's Basketball Magazine (9/14/2013)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423