ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Kansas State sensation Michael
Beasley has been selected as the men's National Freshman
of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Beasley was selected in voting by USBWA members in eight of the
association's nine geographical districts. The lone district that
did not select Beasley as the nation's top freshman chose UCLA's
Kevin Love instead.
A 6-10 forward from Washington, D.C., Beasley was earlier this
week named player and freshman of the year in the Big 12 Conference.
Beasley leads the nation in rebounding with a 12.5 average and is
third in scoring with a 26.5 mark. He recorded a double-double in
26 of 30 games and scored 40 points or more three times and 30 or
more points 13 times this season.
The USBWA began presenting a National Freshman of the Year in
the 1988-89 season, when LSU's Chris Jackson was named the first
winner of the award. Kevin Durant of Texas was the winner a year
ago, when he was also the winner of the USBWA's Oscar Robertson
Trophy, presented to the National Player of the Year.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at
the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today,
it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball.
For more information on the USBWA and its awards, contact executive
director Joe Mitch at 314-421-0339.
All-Time USBWA Freshmen of the Year:
1989-90 Kenny Anderson, Georgia Tech
1990-91 Rodney Rogers, Wake Forest
1991-92 Chris Webber, Michigan
1992-93 Jason Kidd, California
1993-94 Joe Smith, Maryland
1994-95 None selected
1995-96 None selected
1996-97 None selected
1997-98 Larry Hughes, Saint Louis
1999-00 Jason Gardner, Arizona
2000-01 Eddie Griffin, Seton Hall
2001-02 T.J. Ford, Texas
2002-03 Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse
2003-04 Luol Deng, Duke
2004-05 Marvin Williams, North Carolina
2005-06 Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
2006-07 Kevin Durant, Texas
2007-08 Michael Beasley, Kansas State