ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Duke forward Zion
Williamson is the Wayman Tisdale National
Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Dec.
3. Williamson was selected by CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander, in
partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
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. 26, a standout
first-year player will be chosen for the honor.
Norlander writes of the Spartanburg, S.C., product: "As
for Freshman of the Week, Williamson edged out Michigan's Iggy Brazdeikis
and Detroit's Antoine Davis. As a reminder, our weekly cycle for
Freshman of the Week consideration runs from Tuesday through Monday.
Duke's 2-0 run vs. Indiana and Stetson led Williamson to average
21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 3.0 assists and a silly 75-percent
field-goal percentage in just 47 minutes total between both games.
Williamson's efficiency, more than anything, clinched him earning
Freshman of the Week for Nov. 27-Dec. 3. All told, it's remarkable
that Williamson has managed to vastly exceed his hype. He was the
most famous high school player in years, and through the first month
of the season he's been far more dominant than even his most ardent
supporters could have anticipated."
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's Trae Young became the fifth 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
2018-19 Wayman Tisdale National Freshmen of the Week
• Week ending Dec. 2: Zion Williamson, Duke (Atlantic
• Week ending Dec. 9: RJ Barrett, Duke (Atlantic