Oladipo, Zeller finalists for Oscar Robertson Trophy


Indiana junior Victor Oladipo and sophomore Cody Zeller were among 14 finalists for the 2013 Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the national player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Yogi Ferrell did not make the final cut of eight nominated for the Wayman Tisdale Award for freshman of the year, but Indianapolis native Gary Harris of Michigan State did. Here’s the full IU release on the award:

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 14 outstanding players as finalists for its 2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy presented by Aflac. Highlighting that list is Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo and sophomore forward Cody Zeller. Members of the association’s board of directors chose the finalists and the entire 900-member USBWA will vote on the awards as well as the annual All-America and All-District teams.

The recipients are to be announced on Friday, April 5 in Atlanta at a 9:15 a.m. ET press conference and then formally presented their awards at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on Mon., April 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Following are the finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy:
Anthony Bennett, UNLV
Trey Burke, Michigan
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Ben McLemore, Kansas
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Otto Porter, Georgetown
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Russ Smith, Louisville
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Cody Zeller, Indiana

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