LAWRENCE — Kansas landed two players on the 12-person Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list, an honor that goes to the national player of the year in college basketball.
Kansas senior Jeff Withey and redshirt freshman Ben McLemore both appeared on the list, released Thursday by the United States Basketball Writers Association of America (USBWA).
McLemore also appeared on the Wayman Tisdale Award national freshman of the year watch list on Thursday. McLemore is the only player to appear on both lists, KU and Indiana are the only schools to have two players on the Oscar Robertson watch list.
“Ben and Jeff are having solid seasons to date,” KU head coach Bill Self said, “and are in the position to have great years only if we continue to win in our league and play well."
McLemore, a 6-foot-5 guard, leads Kansas in scoring at 16.1 points per game, which leads all Big 12 freshmen and ranks second in the Big 12 overall. It would also be the highest scoring average by a KU freshman since Danny Manning averaged 14.6 in 1984-85.
“Being named to both lists is pretty cool,” McLemore said. “There is no way I could get these (honors) without my teammates and coaches. We have a lot of work to do to reach our goals of winning a conference title and doing well in the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments.”
Withey is averaging 13.1 points per game, while leading KU in rebounding (8.3) and blocked shots (4.3) per game. His 86 blocks are more than six other Big 12 teams.
“I’m honored to be named and with Ben,” Withey said. “It’s a reflection of how our team is doing more than what Ben and I are doing.”