ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected the UNLV forward Christian Wood as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 28. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
As the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, Wood was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week. This is the sixth season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week.
Wood, a 6-11 sophomore from Long Beach, Calif., recorded back-to-back double-doubles while averaging 23.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as UNLV went 2-0 last week with wins over then-No. 3 Arizona (71-67) and Southern Utah (79-45).
Against Arizona, Wood scored a career- and game-high 24 points and pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds, shooting 10-of-17 from the field and scoring 16 of his 24 points in the second half. Wood also grabbed a personal-best and game-high 14 rebounds against Southern Utah on Saturday night. He scored 22 points on 9-of-12 from the field and blocked five shots in 31 minutes of play.
UNLV's win over Arizona was the Runnin' Rebels' first over a team ranked as high as No. 3 at the Thomas & Mack Center since 1988 when they defeated No. 3 Temple. It also snapped Arizona's 39-game regular-season non-conference win streak.
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