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For first time, AP to name college basketball players of the week


The Associated Press for the first time will name players of the week for men’s and women’s college basketball throughout the upcoming season.

The AP Player of the Week for men’s and women’s basketball will be selected by a panel of AP college basketball beat writers, based off the players’ performances from the previous week. The winners, both men’s and women’s, will be announced every Tuesday throughout the regular season, starting Nov. 14.

“The Associated Press covers Division I basketball like no one else and our expert journalists are primely positioned to call out the best players of each week,” said Barry Bedlan, global director of text, data and new markets products for AP. “We hope this becomes a tradition that players, teams and conferences will embrace, much like the AP Top 25 polls and our year-end awards.”

AP also will continue its longstanding tradition of selecting the AP Player of the Year for both the men and the women at the end of the regular season.

The winners are typically announced in the days leading up to each Final Four.

The men’s award has been announced each season since 1960, while the women’s dates back to 1995.

Those winners are selected by the same panels of sports writers and broadcasters from around the country that vote on the AP Top 25 polls for each sport. The men’s poll has more than 60 voters while the women’s poll has more than 30. All voters have an extensive background in covering college basketball.

Last season’s AP Player of the Year, Zach Edey is returning to lead Purdue. He speaks a at press conference during the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament on April 1, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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