Feb. 6, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch
314-795-6821
Guard earns honors for 4th time this season
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OKLAHOMA'S YOUNG NAMED
WAYMAN TISDALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Oklahoma guard Trae Young is the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Feb. 4. Knox was selected by CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. It is the fourth time Young has been honored by Norlander and the USBWA this season.

National Freshman of the Week

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. 27, a standout first-year player will be chosen for the honor.

Norlander writes of the Norman, Okla., product: "Oklahoma played three times since the previous Frosh Watch, going 1-2. Yet Young averaged 31.6 points, 8.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 5.6 turnovers. This includes his 44-point outburst in last Tuesday's win over Baylor and yeah, his 32-point, one-assist performance against WVU on Monday night. All told, that's a good week! We are, all of us, grading Young on the steepest curve in college basketball. The guy already owns Oklahoma freshman records for assists (215), 3-pointers (96) and made foul shots (181). If he keeps his scoring average pace, he'll break Wayman Tisdale's freshman scoring record of 810 at Kansas on Feb. 19. Young currently sits at 687 points."

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 Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.

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 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 314-795-6821.

2017-18 Wayman Tisdale National Freshmen of the Week
Week ending Dec. 3: Trae Young, Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 10: Deandre Ayton, Arizona (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 17: David Jenkins Jr., South Dakota State (Summit League)
Week ending Dec. 24: Trae Young, Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 31: Mohamed Bamba, Texas (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Jan. 7: McKinely Wright IV, Colorado (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Jan. 14: Trae Young, Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Jan. 21: R.J. Cole, Howard (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
Week ending Jan. 28: Kevin Knox, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
Week ending Feb. 4: Trae Young, Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 11: Cameron Lard, Iowa State (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 18: Mohamed Bamba, Texas (Big 12 Conference)