ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Maryland center Diamond
is the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week
for games ending the week of Jan. 3. Stone was selected by CBSSports.com's
Matt Norlander, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers
Norlander's popular weekly freshman watch column will continue
to feature nation's the top freshmen each week in addition to the
national player of the week. Later in the season, the USBWA will
release a midseason watch list before naming finalists for the award.
This season marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the
week will be selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 23, a standout
first-year player will be chosen for the honor.
Norlander writes of the Milwaukee, Wis., product and Big Ten
Player of the Week: "Last week, he came off the bench to score
39 points – and proved to be the pivotal deciding factor – in
Maryland's come-from-behind win against Penn State. Stone also
had 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks. In Maryland's win at
Northwestern's place on Saturday, ... he finished with 10
points, three boards and two blocks. ... He's averaging 13.1
points and 5.2 rebounds while playing just 20 minutes per game."
The Integris Wayman Tisdale Award is to be presented to the national
freshman of the year at the College Basketball
Awards on April 11, 2016, 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 following the NCAA Men's Final Four.
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 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 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 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 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
Matt Norlander's Wayman Tisdale Award Watch (Jan. 5)
Integris Wayman Tisdale
2015-16 Wayman Tisdale National Freshmen of the Week
• Week ending Dec. 13: Henry Ellenson, Marquette (Big East Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 20: Dwayne Bacon, Florida State (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 27: Edmond Sumner, Xavier (Big East Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 3: Diamond Stone, Maryland (Big Ten Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 10: Brandon Ingram, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 17: Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 24: Henry Ellenson, Marquette (Big East Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 31: Matt Morgan, Cornell (Ivy League)
• Week ending Feb. 7: Ben Simmons, LSU (Southeastern Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 14: Nick Emery, BYU (West Coast Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 21: Marcus Evans, Rice (Conference USA)
• Integris Wayman Tisdale Award (from integrisok.com)