ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure senior point guard Jaylen Adams is one of 32 NCAA Division I players who today were named to the preseason watch list for the 2017-18 Oscar Robertson Award for the National Player the Year as selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
In mid-March, the USBWA will announce its All-America Team and, at that time, finalists will also be chosen for the player of the year. Once finalists are announced, the entire USBWA membership will vote for the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
The award is to be presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the Final Four in San Antonio.
Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor 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.
This is just the latest preseason accolade for Adams. He was selected to the Atlantic 10's preseason All-Conference first team and was named the preseason Atlantic 10 Player of the Year by both NBC Sports and Blue Ribbon Yearbook. Adams also is on the preseason watch list for the Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard.
Adams made the First Team All-Atlantic 10 each of the past two seasons. Last year, he also was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 4 First Team and the USBWA All-District II team. Over his three seasons, Adams has scored 1,377 points, which ranks 21st in program history. He has led the Bonnies to back-to-back 20-win seasons the past two years.
As a junior, Adams was the only Division I player to rank in the top 25 nationally in scoring (24th at 20.5 points per game) and the top 10 in assists (seventh at 6.5 per game).
For the full list of all 32 players on the Robertson Award watch list, click here.
About the USBWA: The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With more than 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
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