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Washington State’s Robert Franks named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

Washington State forward Robert Franks  looks for a shot during Saturday’s victory over  Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / AP)
Washington State forward Robert Franks looks for a shot during Saturday’s victory over Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / AP)

PULLMAN – Robert Franks collected three awards Monday for his efforts in Washington State’s road sweep of the Arizona schools and followed up with a fourth on Tuesday.

Franks was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced. He’s just the second Cougars player to win the award after former WSU guard Faisal Aden did so in January 2012.

A native of Vancouver, Washington, Franks was rewarded for his scoring binge in the desert, which fueled the Cougars to a 91-70 win over Arizona State in Tempe on Thursday and a 69-55 win over Arizona two days later.

Franks matched a career high with 34 points in the first game, adding 13 rebounds, four blocks and four steals. He followed with 31 points against Arizona, tacking on eight rebounds and two assists.

The Pac-12’s top scorer at 22.6 points per game, Franks earned a trio of awards of Monday: Pac-12 Player of the Week, NCAA.com Player of the Week and the Naismith Men’s Player of the Week.

Franks jumped to 21st on WSU’s career scoring list and has 1,195 career points. He hit 12 3-pointers against the Sun Devils and the Wildcats and moved into 10th all time at WSU with 141 career 3-pointers.

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