Feb. 7, 2012
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ST. LOUIS--University of Pittsburgh junior guard Tray Woodall (Brooklyn, N.Y.-Paterson, N.J./St. Anthony H.S.) was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association and Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook on Tuesday morning.
As the Big East Conference Player of the Week, Woodall was nominated for the award, which was selected by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of NCAA Division I conference players of the week.
Since Woodall's return to Pitt's lineup, Pitt has won four consecutive games. Previously, Woodall was sidelined for a 52-day stretch from Dec. 1-Jan. 21 with an abdominal/groin injury.
In Pitt's two weekly wins over West Virginia (72-66) and Villanova (79-70), Woodall averaged 26.5 points, shot 62.5 percent (15-24) from the floor, hit 54.5 percent (6-11) of his 3-point attempts, and finished a perfect 17-17 from the free throw line. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. In Sunday's win over Villanova, Woodall scored a career-high 29 points (7-12 FG), hit 3-6 3-pointers, went a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists. Against West Virginia on Monday night, he scored 24 points (8-12 FG), hit 3-5 3-pointers, and went 5-5 from the line. He also scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half alone.
For the season, Woodall is averaging 13.3 points and 6.8 assists per game. He has reached double figure scoring in eight games and totaled 10 or more assists in five contests on the year. He has scored 20 or more points in three games (Albany, at WVU, Villanova) and registered four double-doubles (points-assists) on the year.
Pitt (15-9, 4-7 Big East) plays at USF on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The game will be produced by ESPN Regional and aired locally on Root Sports.