ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected ten outstanding first-year players for its 2014
Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award Preseason Watch List. Members
of the association's board of directors chose the players to be
included on the list as initial contenders for the national freshman of
the year award. All NCAA Division I freshmen are eligible to win
award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at
the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April
14, 2014, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma
City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy 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.
Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins, the
association's preseason selection for Freshman Player of the
Year, is joined by teammate Wayne Selden on the
watch list. But it's Kentucky that dominates the list with four
players – twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison,
forward Julius Randle and guard James
Rounding out the list are Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis,
Arizona guard Aaron Gordon, Florida guard
Kasey Hill and Duke forward Jabari
Parker. The Southeastern Conference boasts five of the
10 players on the list. Seven of the 10 players are guards.
Following is the complete watch list:
2014 WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST
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SEC (5) ACC (2) Big 12 (2), Pac-12 (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, Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart became the third winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award. Other
notable previous winners of the national freshman of the year award include
Anthony Davis, 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 14 banquet will
also honor 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 more than 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
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