"I would like to congratulate Obi Toppin, Vernon Carey and Anthony Grant as the winners of the USBWA's player, freshman and coach of the year awards." said USBWA President Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard in a press release. "Your seasons obviously didn't end the way any of us would have liked, but you are all still to be congratulated for having such outstanding seasons."
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According to the USBWA, “The Oscar Robertson Trophy, Henry Iba Award and Wayman Tisdale Award are voted on by the entire membership of the association, which consists of more than 900 journalists. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is the nation's oldest award. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's first player of the year in 1959 and was the consensus national player of the year as a sophomore in 1958, the year before the USBWA started giving its player of the year award. The USBWA renamed the award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.”