Northeastern senior guard Jordan Roland and William & Mary senior Nathan Knight have been named to the 2020 Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s top collegiate player, the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced today.
Knight and Roland are two of 46 nominees on the watch list. The CAA has had one winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy in its history – Navy’s David Robinson earned the honor in 1987.
Awarded since 1959, the Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire USBWA membership, consisting of more than 900 journalists.
Roland has been among the nation’s top scorers in his senior season, averaging 25.1 points per game, second in the country behind only Markus Howard of Marquette. Roland owns two of the top 10 scoring performances in the country this season, with his 42-point effort against Harvard on Nov. 8 ranking third. The Syracuse, N.Y.-native was named the CAA Player of the Week on Nov. 11 and leads the CAA in scoring, 3-point field goals made and total points.
Already named a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Watch List candidate, Knight has already posted seven double-doubles in nine games this season, tied for the most in the country. At 20.3 ppg, Knight is fourth in the CAA in scoring, while his 10.2 rpg ranks second. One of only five players in William & Mary history with over 1,500 career points and 600 career rebounds, Knight is currently eighth on the Tribe’s career scoring list with 1,661 career points and seventh with 719 career rebounds.
In January, the USBWA will release a second watch list, followed by finalists after All-America balloting is complete in March. The 2020 Oscar Robertson Trophy winner will be announced at the Final Four in Atlanta, Ga.
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 USBWA started giving its player of the year award. The USBWA renamed the award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.