ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
will present the 2013 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award
to Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart. The
award – a statuette designed by nationally-recognized sculptor
Shan Gray – will be presented to Smart at the Devon
Energy College Basketball Awards on Mon., April 15 at
the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma
As the national freshman
of the year, Smart has led the Cowboys to a 23-7 record and a
No. 14 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 entering this
weekend's Big 12 Conference Tournament in Kansas City.
The April 15 gala will also honor Michigan State coach Tom
Izzo as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian
Award. In addition, the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by
Aflac – given to the USBWA's national player of the
year – and the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award
will be presented at the banquet to be held annually the Monday following
the NCAA Men's Final Four.
Smart, a 6-4, 225-pound true freshman from Flower Mound, Texas,
has joined a pair of previous USBWA National Freshman of the
Year Award winners – Texas' Kevin Durant (2007) and Kansas State's Michael
Beasley (2008) – in an exclusive group of three players to be
chosen as the Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season.
Smart was also named to the USBWA's All-District VI Team to go
with selections to the All-Big 12 First Team, the Big 12 All-Defensive
Team and the Big 12 All-Rookie Team.
Smart is ranked in the top 10 in the Big 12 in several categories,
including scoring (15.1, 6th), assists (4.3, 6th), steals (3.0, 1st) and free-throw
percentage (73.8, 5th). His 89 steals tied the conference's single-season
freshman record. He also already holds the Oklahoma State school record for
most assists by a freshman and his 78.3 free-throw percentage is the highest ever
by a Cowboy freshman with at least 75 made free throws. Heading
into the Big 12 Tournament, Smart has 24 double-figure scoring games
and nine 20-point games in 30 games played, all of which he has
"Our team has had a great season and Marcus has been a big
part of that," said Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford.
"Marcus is one of the most competitive players I've ever been
around. He comes ready to play every single day.
"What makes Marcus great is he's a complete player. He's a
great offensive player as well as a great defensive player. He's
very unselfish and a unbelievable leader. I think he's very
deserving of this award, because of how hard he works and the
attitude he plays with every day.
"This is an exciting
award for Marcus, because of the great player and great person
that Wayman Tisdale was."
In addition to selecting Smart as the national freshman of the
year, the USBWA chose four other first-year standouts for its 2013
Freshman All-America Team. Following is the complete team, all
of whom were finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award:
2013 USBWA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
||St. Louis, Mo.
||Las Vegas, Nev.
||Flower Mound, Texas
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 winners of the national
freshman of the year award include Durant, Carmelo Anthony,
Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.
The late Wayman Tisdale was a three-time USBWA
All-American at the University of Oklahoma and in 1983 was the
first freshman ever to be named a first-team All-American by the
USBWA. 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
Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy
College Basketball Awards are available at
collegebasketballawards.com 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. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at
Integris Wayman Tisdale