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Bairstow one of 15 finalists for USBWA Player of the Year

New Mexico’s Cameron Bairstow dunks during a Dec. 4 game against New Mexico State in the Pan American Center. Bairstow scored 20 points to help the Lobos win. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)
New Mexico’s Cameron Bairstow dunks during a Dec. 4 game against New Mexico State in the Pan American Center. Bairstow scored 20 points to help the Lobos win. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)
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It’s getting harder and harder to claim nobody is paying attention to the dream season of New Mexico Lobos senior power forward Cameron Bairstow.

Yes, people are noticing.

On Thursday the Brisbane, Australia, native was named one of 15 finalists for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy. The USBWA, of which I am a member, will receive ballots to vote on the Robertson and other national honors — Wayman Tisdale Award for the country’s top freshman and the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award — on Sunday night with the results for the Robertson Trophy being announced April 4.

Bairstow is averaging 20.2 points per game, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocked shots and is shooting 55.7 percent. He is the only Mountain West player named a finalist, though Steve Fisher of San Diego State was also named one of 10 finalists for national coach of the year.

While Bairstow’s rise to the national radar seems to have been an overnight success story, the Journal chronicled the long road that got him to this point in this December article.

Here are the lists of USBWA finalists:

2014 Oscar Robertson Trophy (Player of the Year)

G/F Kyle Anderson, UCLA, 6-9, 230, So., Fairview, N.J.
F Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico, 6-9, 250, Sr., Brisbane, Australia
F Cleanthony Early, Wichita State, 6-8, 219, Sr., Middletown, N.Y.
F Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, 6-6, 220, Sr., Toronto, Ont.
G Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6-2, 180, Fr., Brampton, Ont.
F C.J. Fair, Syracuse, 6-8, 215, Sr., Baltimore, Md.
G Nick Johnson, Arizona, 6-3, 200, Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.
G Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, 6-4, 210, Sr., Yonkers, N.Y.
F Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, 225, Sr., Ames, Iowa
G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, 6-1, 180, Sr., Roxbury, Mass.
F Jabari Parker, Duke, 6-8, 235, Fr., Chicago, Ill.
F Casey Prather, Florida, 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
F Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
G Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, 165, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
G Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6-8, 200, Fr., Vaughan, On t.

2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award (top freshman)

C Joel Embiid, Kansas, 7-0, 250, Fr., Yaounde, Cameroon
G Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6-2, 180, Fr., Brampton, Ont.
F Aaron Gordon, Arizona, 6-9, 225, Fr., San Jose, Calif.
F Jabari Parker, Duke, 6-8, 235, Fr., Chicago, Ill.
F Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
G Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6-8, 200, Fr., Vaughan, Ont.

Henry Iba Award (top coach)

John Beilein, Michigan
Tony Bennett, Virginia
Larry Brown, SMU
Jim Crews, Saint Louis
Mick Cronin, Cincinnati
Billy Donovan, Florida
Steve Fisher, San Diego State
Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
Greg McDermott, Creighton
Jay Wright, Villanova

LOBO LINKS: Geoff Grammer’s blog | Schedule/Results | Roster

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