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Morris, Niang, Uthoff on Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List


This news story was published on January 25, 2016.
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AMES, IOWA – Iowa State’s Monté Morris and Georges Niang, along with Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff are among 20 players named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List, announced today by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Iowa State is the only school with two players on the list.

Morris is averaging 15.2 points, 6.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds in his junior season. He has twice been named Big 12 Player of the Week and is averaging 19 points and shooting 62.7 percent from the field in the last five games.

Niang is leading the Cyclones with 19.3 points per game to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists. The senior has been in double figures for all 19 games this season and 28 games in a row dating back to last season. He has scored 20 or more points eight times this season, while going over 30 points twice.

Jarrod Uthoff  (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

Jarrod Uthoff
(Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

Uthoff, a senior forward, has led the Hawkeyes to a number 3 ranking in polls released today. The 2011 Mr. Basketball and 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa, Uthoff is averaging 18.9 points per game and blocked shots (3.0 bpg) and leads the Big Ten in both stats. He is the only player from a Power 5 conference with 350-plus points, 115-plus rebounds, and 55-plus blocked shots. He is also the only player in the country to reach double figures and block at least one shot in every contest this season and is the only college player the last 20 years to average three blocks, while also shooting at a 40 percent clip from 3-point range (min. 35 3-pointers made).

Over his last five games, Uthoff is 15-of-27 (.556) from 3-point range and has scored 20 or more points in five of his last six contests. The 6-foot-9, 221-pound forward averaged 20.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and three blocks against nine teams currently ranked in the RPI Top 50.

Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List

Grayson Allen, Duke

Kris Dunn, Providence

Kahlil Felder, Oakland

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame

Brice Johnson, North Carolina

Jalen Jones, Texas A&M

Sheldon McClellan, Miami

Monté Morris, Iowa State

Georges Niang, Iowa State

Gary Payton II, Oregon State

Wayne Selden Jr., Kansas

Ben Simmons, LSU

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Tyler Ullis, Kentucky

Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

Fred VanVleet, Wichita State

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga

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