ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Georgetown guard
Mac McClung is the Wayman Tisdale National
Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Dec.
23. McClung was selected by CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander, in partnership
with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
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.
Across two games last week, McClung averaged 26.0 points, 2.0
assists, 1.0 steals and went 20 for 23 from the foul line.
Norlander writes of the Gate City, Va., product, "[He] had a
career-best 38 points on Saturday. Georgetown won 102-94 in
overtime against Little Rock, and McClung's showing was the best
for a Hoyas freshman since 1962-63. McClung had a four-point
play in overtime that clinched Georgetown's W against Little
Rock. It was a big moment for a program in need of more
consistency in order to enter back into national relevancy – and
even Big East relevancy. ... McClung is starting to step into a
bigger role. ... The Hoyas have other nice players – fellow
frosh James Akinjo will grow into a good one, I assure you – but
McClung and Jessie Govan (17.9) need to be every-night guys
right there with Akinjo if Patrick Ewing's team is going to
compete for the top half of the Big East."
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 Coast Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 9: RJ Barrett, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 16: Wynston Tabbs, Boston College (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 23: Mac McClung, Georgetown (Big East Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 30: Tyler Herro, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 6: Antoine Davis, Detroit (Horizon League)
• Week ending Jan. 13: Jaylen Gardner, East Carolina (American Athletic Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 20: Zion Williamson, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 27: Zion Williamson, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 3: Lamine Diane, Cal State Northridge (Big West Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 10: Devon Dotson, Kansas (Big 12 Conference)1
• Week ending Feb. 17: Jalen Pickett, Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 24: RJ Barrett, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)