Zeller named to Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch-List

Indiana freshman forward Cody Zeller was one of 20 players named to the watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded to the national player of the year as voted on by the Basketball Writers Association of America. The release follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana freshman forward Cody Zeller is one of 20 on the 2012 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Monday, Feb. 6.

Zeller, a 6-10 native of Washington, Ind., leads the Hoosiers with 15.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and ranks among the top scorers in the country shooting 64.9 percent from the field. The five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week was also named a Second Team Midseason All-American by ESPN.com, the Sporting News and SI.com, and was one of four Big Ten players named to the Midseason Top 25 list for the Wooden Award.

He joins his older brother Tyler (North Carolina) and is one of three players from the Big Ten, along with being one of three freshmen on the midseason watch list. Among the players selected, Zeller becomes a leading contender to be named to the USBWA’s All-America Team and as a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy. The association will announce its 2012 All-America Team in mid-March. 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.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation’s oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

2012 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Marcus Denmon, Missouri
Draymond Green, Michigan State
John Henson, North Carolina
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
Kevin Jones, West Virginia
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut
Perry Jones III, Baylor
Damian Lillard, Weber State
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Mike Moser, UNLV
Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
Thomas Robinson, Kansas
Mike Scott, Virginia
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina



  1. Back in 1955-56-57, my Dad took me to a game at the Martinsville High School gym on a Saturday afternoon. Martinsville was playing Crispus Attacks. First time I ever saw a dunk – by Oscar Robinson. Seems like there was a time when a dunk was not allowed or counted? Seems like the final score was 90 something to 20 something. The game was on a Saturday afternoon instead of a Friday or Saturday night due to all black team not wanted in town after dark – if I remember right.

  2. If ever there was one person that affected the way the game was played it was Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Dunking was banned in the NCAA from 1967 to 1976. Though unsaid, it was due to the dominance Alcindor in college. The no-dunking rule was sometimes referred to as the “Lew Alcindor rule.

  3. I have a picture from my brother’s yearbook of him defending Oscar. I don’t know the details but it couldn’t possibly have gone well.

  4. 1966 – 1970 I was at March AFB Riverside, California. I was in LA for a weekend and the UCLA home game was a sell out. I left a note at the ticket window for John Wooden asking if he could get a fellow home town (Martinsville) guy a couple of tickets. His office called that day to pick up the tickets. UCLA would not take any money for them. So I was able to see Alcindor play in one game. I believe that was in 1968 against Oregon or Oregon State. About the same time or the following season Wilt Chamberlain was playing for the Lakers. LA was a good place to be in the last 60’s (dang I’m old)

  5. Re Oscar…all recollections are valid…he was one of the greatest. Ron, it would be even better if we used his correct last name, Robertson…not Robinson. There was only one ‘Big O’, even when we got tired of watching him cut the nets at Butler (now Hinkle) Fieldhouse.

    Too bad he decided to leave the state and play for the University of Cincinnati before his great pro career.

  6. Cool to see Cody’s name before his brother Tyler even if it’s only alphabetical order.

    DUST BOWL Basketball in Indianapolis. Those games are legend.

  7. I’m thinking one of the Zollers is off this list after last night games. Like how many bad things can go wrong to a good player in one game – in the last two minutes of the game

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