Access Sports would like to say “THANK YOU” to all of our sponsors and attendees for our 2013 Devon Energy College Basketball Awards. Without your support Access Sports would not be able to accomplish our mission specific programs. We look forward to working with everyone to the future.
In 2010, Access Sports and The United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) joined forces to honor one outstanding freshman with the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award. The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season, but 2011 marked the first year the award had been named in Wayman Tisdale’s honor.
The Wayman Tisdale Award, sponsored by Devon Energy, honors the outstanding freshman male basketball player in NCAA Division I basketball. It is awarded annually, following the completion of the NCAA tournament, at a gala in Oklahoma City. The recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Award is chosen by the United States Basketball Writers Association. The award is produced by Access Sports, an Oklahoma City-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to supporting various charitable causes, including funding prosthetic devices for needy individuals through the Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation, educational scholarships through the United States Basketball Writers Associations, and funding of youth basketball programs throughout the state of Oklahoma through the Wayman’s Lightning Basketball League. Access Sports also presents a Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award to someone affiliated with college basketball who makes a significant positive impact off the basketball court.
The outstanding freshman player is selected by the USBWA and announced at the NCAA Final Four USBWA awards breakfast preceding the Wayman Tisdale Award Banquet where the recipient will receive the crystal sculpture designed in the likeness of Wayman Tisdale.
Jared Sullinger of Ohio State was recognized as the first Freshman of the Year winner in 2011. Dick Vitale, hall-of-fame broadcaster for ESPN, was honored as the Humanitarian winner. In recognition of Vitale, Access Sports donated $10,000 to the V Foundation.