ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Memphis guard Tyreke Evans
has been selected Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association for the 2008-09 season.
The 6-6 Evans, from Chester, Pa., established himself nationally
this season as the only freshman among the finalists for the USBWA's Oscar
Robertson Player of the Year Award.
Evans was a unanimous choice in voting by USBWA members in all
nine of the association's geographical districts for Freshman of
He was named to Conference USA's all-conference first team after
leading nationally-ranked Memphis in scoring this season with a
16.9 per game average and in steals with 65. The Tigers are
33-3, riding a 27-game winning streak heading in to an NCAA West
Regional Semifinal vs. Missouri on Thursday.
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. Michael Beasley of Kansas State was the
winner a year ago.
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
1998-99 Quentin Richardson, DePaul
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
2008-09 Tyreke Evans, Memphis