ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected 10 outstanding first-year players as finalists for
its 2015 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award.
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.
Ballots for this season's USBWA men's honors will be distributed
today and the the association will announce the winner of the 2015
Integris Wayman Tisdale Award on Mon., March 16.
award is to be officially 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 that is held annually the week following the
NCAA Men's Final Four.
Two of the finalists, Duke's Jahlil Okafor and
Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell, are also finalists
for the Oscar Robertson Trophy as candidates for the USBWA's national
player of the year. A trio of teammates from Duke (Okafor,
Tyus Jones, and Justise Winslow) highlights
the list. Top-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky also features teammates
– Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns
– among the lauded players.
Following is the complete watch list:
INTEGRIS WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD FINALISTS
||Grand Rapids, Mich.
||Apple Valley, Minn.
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
||Kelly Oubre Jr.,
||New Orleans, La.
||Upper Marlboro, Md.
ACC (3); Big Ten (3); SEC (2); Big 12 (1); 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, 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 ten finalists (Stanley
Johnson, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell and
Karl-Anthony Towns) 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
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