The United States Basketball Writers Association will honor the nation’s top men’s and women’s players and coaches at the College Basketball Awards Dinner, hosted by the Missouri Athletic Club on April 13 in St. Louis.
The USBWA will present the Oscar Robertson Trophy to the men’s player of the year; the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award to the women’s player of the year; the Henry Iba Award to the men’s coach of the year; the Wayman Tisdale Award to the men’s freshman of the year; the Tamika Catchings Award to the women’s freshman of the year; and the women’s coach of the year award.
“The Missouri Athletic Club was the first to host this banquet celebration in 2005,” said USBWA Executive Director Malcolm Moran. “We are excited to be in a partnership with the MAC and look forward to sharing this occasion with them.”
The USBWA will present the women’s freshman of the year and women’s coach of the year for the first time at the MAC banquet to go with the other women’s award and the three men’s awards. This will be the third straight year the MAC has hosted the CBA dinner.
“We appreciate our partnership with the USBWA and look forward to continuing to host the College Basketball Awards,” said MAC President Kevin Cantwell. “Having the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the best in college basketball fits perfectly with the MAC’s tradition of celebrating athletic excellence.”
The Oscar Robertson Trophy honors arguably the greatest player in college basketball history. It is the only men’s college basketball player of the year award named after a player. The Henry Iba Award recognizes the legendary Oklahoma A&M coach who won two national championships and two gold medals and one silver in the Olympics. Tisdale is the first freshman selected to the USBWA’s All-America first team.
Meyers, a four-time All-American at UCLA, became the first woman to sign an NBA contract. Catchings, who has a hearing impairment, is a four-time All-American at Tennessee and was the national player of the year in 2000. She is one of only five athletes in the world with four Olympic basketball gold medals.
Tickets for the dinner are $150 each and will be available for purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org beginning on March 15.
For additional information, contact Joe Mitch with the USBWA at 314-795-6821 and Jim Wilson with the MAC at 314-539-4488.