ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected 12 outstanding first-year players for its 2013
Integris Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List. Members
of the association's board of directors chose the players to be
included on the list as contenders for the national freshman of
the year award.
award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at
the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April
15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma
City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by Aflac
and the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will
also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following
the NCAA Men's Final Four.
A trio of UCLA Bruins highlights the list that includes four
players from the Pac-12 Conference. Bruin teammates Jordan Adams,
Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad join Arizona State's Jahii Carson
on the watch list. Also, Michigan teammates Glenn Robinson III
and Nik Stauskas are recognized. Big 12 standouts from three schools
were selected as well: Baylor's Isaiah Austin, Kansas' Ben McLemore
and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart.
UNLV's Anthony Bennett, along with McLemore, is also on the Oscar
Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List as a candidate for national
player of the year. Rounding out the Tisdale Award watch list are
Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell of Indiana and Nerlens Noel of Kentucky.
Following is the complete watch list:
2013 WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
||Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell,
||St. Louis, Mo.
||Las Vegas, Nev.
||St. John, Ind.
||Flower Mound, Texas
Pac-12 (4), Big 12 (3), Big Ten (3), Mountain West (1),
The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the
1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Last
season, Kentucky's Anthony Davis became the second winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award. Other
notable previous winners of the national freshman of the year award include
Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.
The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by
nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray. The April 15 banquet will
also honor Michigan State coach Tom Izzo 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 Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award
is produced by Access Sports, an Oklahoma City-based 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit foundation responsible for creating the Wayman
Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award. Access Sports produces all
events associated with the award, including the annual awards
dinner. Proceeds from the activities affiliated with the award
are used to support various worthy charitable causes, including
providing opportunities for disadvantaged youth to participate
in basketball leagues, clinics, and training throughout the
state. In addition, Access Sports supports the Wayman L. Tisdale
Foundation which helps fund prosthetics for those who cannot
afford the cost on their own and may not be covered by
Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy
College Basketball Awards are available at
or by contacting Scott Hill (405-749-1515,
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
Integris Wayman Tisdale Award