ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected Kentucky forward Anthony Davis as the winner
of the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award as the men's National Freshman
of the Year. Davis will be honored at a gala banquet on Mon.,
April 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in
Oklahoma City. Davis will also
be recognized at the USBWA College Basketball Awards Breakfast on Fri.,
March 30 in
New Orleans in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four.
a first-team USBWA All-American and the Southeastern Conference
Player of the Year, Freshman
of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, has led Kentucky to a 32-2 record,
including a perfect 16-0 mark in the SEC. The Wildcats are the No. 1 overall seed
in the NCAA Tournament. Davis, the USBWA's District IV Player of
the Year, is also a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy,
given to the National Player of the Year by the USBWA.
The 6-10 forward from Chicago, Ill., has started all 34 games
this season and has led the team with 14.3 points and 10.0 rebounds
per game while shooting 64.2 percent from the field, second best
in the nation. Davis also leads the nation in blocks (157).
Twice this season Davis was named the SEC Player of the Week and
he was the conference's Freshman of the Week four times.
In 28 of the Wildcats' 34 games, he has scored in double figures
while recording 17 double-doubles.
Davis is the second Kentucky player in three years to win the USBWA's National Freshman of the Year Award, joining
John Wall, who won the award in 2010. The other four finalists
for the award this season were Davis' Kentucky teammate Michael
Kidd-Gilchrist, Duke's Austin Rivers, Washington's Tony Wroten, and Indiana's Cody Zeller.
In addition to recognizing Davis, the USBWA will also present
the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Award and
the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award at the
College Basketball Awards Breakfast in New Orleans, which will
also pay tribute to legendary former LSU coach Dale Brown and
his 1981 and '86 Final Four teams.
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 Webber. This season marks the second year the award
has been named in Wayman Tisdale's honor.
The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by
nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray. The April 16 banquet will also honor
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski as
the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.
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.
Tickets and sponsorship information for the April 16 event are
available at the Tisdale Award website,
or by contacting Scott Hill (405-749-1515,
For more information on the USBWA Awards Breakfast in New
purchasing tickets, visit usbwa.com.
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
• Wayman Tisdale Award
|All-Time USBWA National Freshmen of the
|1989 Chris Jackson, LSU
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, Seton Hall
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
2009 Tyreke Evans, Memphis
2010 John Wall, Kentucky
2011 Jared Sullinger, Ohio
2012 Anthony Davis,