ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected 14 outstanding first-year players for its
2015 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
14 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.
Three of the 14 players are also featured on the Oscar Robertson
Trophy Midseason Watch List as candidates for national player of
the year. A trio of teammates from top-ranked Kentucky (Devin
Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and
Tyler Ulis) highlights the list. Duke and Kansas also
feature teammates among the lauded players.
Three of the players on the list are also featured on the
Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List: Stanley Johnson of
Arizona, Jahlil Okafor of Duke and Melo Trimble of Maryland. The
Big 12, Big Ten and SEC all boast three players on the watch
Following is the complete watch list:
2015 WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
Blackmon Jr., Indiana
||Grand Rapids, Mich.
||Apple Valley, Minn.
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
||New Orleans, La.
Russell, Ohio State
||Upper Marlboro, Md.
Big 12 (3); Big Ten (3); SEC (3); ACC (2); Pac-12 (2),
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, Duke's Jabari Parker became the fourth 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.
This season, in a continued partnership with CBSSports.com and columnist
Matt Norlander, the USBWA has named a weekly Wayman Tisdale National
Freshman of the Week. Five of the 14 watch list selections
(Stanley Johnson, Tyus Jones, Kevon Looney, Jahlil Okafor and
Tyler Ulis) have all been selected
as national freshman of the week this season.
The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by
nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray. The April 14 banquet will
also honor Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim 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
Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy
College Basketball Awards are available at
collegebasketballawards.com or by contacting Scott Hill (405-640-0406,
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