Douglas-Roberts, Calipari Nominees For National Player, Coach of Year Honors
March 5, 2008
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - University of Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts and head coach John Calipari have been nominated for the U.S. Basketball Writers of America's (USBWA) National Player and Coach of the Year awards, respectively, the organization announced Wednesday.
The USBWA Player of the Year is the Oscar Robertson Trophy, while the Coach of the Year is the Henry Iba Award. Ten players and 12 coaches were nominated for the respective honors.
The 2007-08 Conference USA preseason Player of the Year, Douglas-Roberts leads the Tigers in scoring with a 17.6 average. He also averages 4.3 boards and is shooting 55 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from the three-point line. The Detroit, Mich., native became the 43rd Tiger in the program's history to score 1,000 points in a career earlier this year, and is in the No. 13 spot on the Memphis all-time scoring list with 1,332 points. The 6-foot-7 guard ranks among the Conference USA leaders in scoring (6th), field goal percentage (6th) and three-point field goal percentage (2nd).
Douglas-Roberts earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors three times this season. He was also named a Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy mid-season candidate in late January.
Calipari has guided the Tigers to a 28-1 overall record and a 14-0 mark in C-USA play. Memphis, which was ranked No. 1 for five-consecutive weeks, has been in the No. 1 or No. 2 spots in the polls for a school-record 13-straight weeks this year. Calipari also directed the Tigers to a third-straight C-USA regular season title. It is the first time in the program's history that Memphis has claimed three-consecutive regular season crowns.
In late February, Calipari won his 400th game as a collegiate head coach, and his record stands at 402-135. He is only the second head coach in the history of NCAA Division I basketball to reach the 400-win plateau in his first 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Roy Williams is the other coach that accomplished that feat.
Joining Douglas-Roberts as nominees for the Robertson Trophy are: D.J. Augustin (Texas), Michael Beasley (Kansas State), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt), Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), Luke Harangody (Notre Dame), Robbie Hummel (Purdue), Kevin Love (UCLA), A.J. Price (Connecticut) and D.J. White (Indiana).
In addition to Calipari, the coaches nominated for the Iba Award are: Rick Barnes (Texas), Keno Davis (Drake), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Lon Kruger (UNLV), Sean Miller (Xavier), Matt Painter (Purdue), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Bo Ryan (Wisconsin), Herb Sendek (Arizona State) and Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt).
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is awarded to the USBWA's Player of the Year. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's first player of the year in 1959. The USBWA renamed its player of the year award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998. The Henry Iba Award has also been presented since 1959. It is named for the legendary Oklahoma State coach.