ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Three Kentucky freshmen are among
12 players announced Thursday by the U.S. Basketball Writers
Association as preseason candidates for the Wayman Tisdale
Award, honoring the nation's top freshman for the 2011-12 college
to the USBWA's National Freshman of the Year Watch List are the
Wildcats' Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague,
all ranked among the top 10 recruits in the country. Davis, a 6-10
forward, is considered by many to be the nation's No. 1 recruit.
Others named to the watch list are Bradley Beal, Florida; Chane
Behanan, Louisville; Khem Birch, Pittsburgh; Andre Drummond, Connecticut;
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Austin Rivers, Duke; Adonis Thomas,
Memphis; Josiah Turner, Arizona; and Cody Zeller, Indiana.
WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD WATCH LIST
||St. Louis, Mo.
|Khem Birch, Pittsburgh
||Winter Park, Fla.
|Cody Zeller, Indiana
The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the
1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Other
previous winners of the award include Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony,
Jason Kidd and Chris Webber. Last season, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger
won the inaugural Wayman Tisdale Award.
The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by
nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray. A permanent Wayman Tisdale
Award is on display at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
The late Wayman Tisdale was a three-time USBWA All-American
at the University of Oklahoma. Following a stint on the 1984 U.S.
Olympic basketball team, he played 12 seasons in the NBA before
retiring in 1997 to focus on a blossoming jazz music career. In
March 2007, he was diagnosed with cancer and, following a courageous
and difficult battle that included the amputation of his right leg
in 2008, he passed away in May 2009.
The Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award presented by
Devon is produced by Access Sports, an Oklahoma City-based 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization committed to supporting various charitable
causes, including funding prosthetic devices for needy individuals
through the Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation, educational scholarships
through the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and funding of
youth basketball programs throughout the state of Oklahoma through
Wayman's Lightning Basketball League.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at
|All-Time USBWA National
Freshmen of the Year
|1989 Chris Jackson,
1990 Kenny Anderson, Georgia Tech
1991 Rodney Rogers, Wake Forest
1992 Chris Webber, Michigan
1993 Jason Kidd, California
1994 Joe Smith, Maryland
1995 None selected
1996 None selected
1997 None selected
1998 Larry Hughes, Saint Louis
1999 Quentin Richardson, DePaul
2000 Jason Gardner, Arizona
|2001 Eddie Griffin,
2002 T.J. Ford, Texas
2003 Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse
2004 Luol Deng, Duke
2005 Marvin Williams, North Carolina
2006 Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
2007 Kevin Durant, Texas
2008 Michael Beasley, Kansas State
2009 Tyreke Evans, Memphis
2010 John Wall, Kentucky
2011 Jared Sullinger, Ohio State