Jan. 23, 2014
ST. LOUIS—University of Pittsburgh senior forward Lamar Patterson (Lancaster, Pa./St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) was one of 23 players nationwide selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List.
Presented annually since the 1958-59 season, the Oscar Robertson Trophy honors the national college basketball player of the year. It will be presented at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards banquet on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The USBWA also awards the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year at the banquet. Members of the association’s board of directors chose the contenders for the watch list.
An ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC First Team candidate, Patterson leads the Panthers in both scoring (17.4 ppg.) and assists (87). He is shooting 50.9 percent (112-220) from the floor and 44.3 percent (39-88) from 3-point range. He has also accounted for 39 percent of Pitt’s field goals made. While leading Pitt in scoring 11 times on the year, he has registered one 30-point game, six 20-point games and 18 double figure scoring games (currently 17 consecutive) in 19 contests played. Patterson, who has scored 1,124 points, grabbed 502 rebounds and dished out 360 assists in his career, needs just 40 more assists to become the third player in school history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists over a collegiate career. Against Clemson, he became the 19th player in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career. He also is a two-time ACC Player of the Week honoree.
Patterson joins several former Pitt players as previous candidates for the award: Billy Knight (1973-74), Jerome Lane (1987-88), Charles Smith (1987-88), Brandin Knight (2001-02 and 2002-03), DeJuan Blair (2008-09) and Sam Young (2008-09).
Winners in five of its last six games, No. 20/19 Pitt (17-2, 5-1 ACC) gets back to action on Saturday night at Maryland. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. ET. on ESPN2. The Panthers then host No. 18 Duke on Monday, Jan. 27 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET for an ESPN “Big Monday” broadcast.
OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY MIDSEASON WATCH LIST (23)
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Joel Embiid, Kansas
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Rodney Hood, Duke
Nick Johnson, Arizona
DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Jabari Parker, Duke
Lamar Patterson, Pitt
Casey Prather, Florida
Julius Randall, Kentucky
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Russ Smith, Louisville
Xavier Thomas, San Diego State
Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
Chaz, Williams, Massachusetts
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