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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Three Kentucky freshmen are among 12 players announced Thursday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association as preseason candidates for the Wayman Tisdale Award, honoring the nation's top freshman for the 2011-12 college basketball season.
Selected to the USBWA's National Freshman of the Year Watch List are the Wildcats' Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, all ranked among the top 10 recruits in the country. Davis, a 6-10 forward, is considered by many to be the nation's No. 1 recruit.
Others named to the watch list are Bradley Beal, Florida; Chane Behanan, Louisville; Khem Birch, Pittsburgh; Andre Drummond, Connecticut; Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Austin Rivers, Duke; Adonis Thomas, Memphis; Josiah Turner, Arizona; and Cody Zeller, Indiana.
|2011-12 WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD WATCH LIST|
|Bradley Beal, Florida||G||6-3||207||Fr.||St. Louis, Mo.|
|Chane Behanan, Louisville||F||6-6||245||Fr.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Khem Birch, Pittsburgh||F||6-9||220||Fr.||Montreal, Quebec|
|Anthony Davis, Kentucky||F||6-10||220||Fr.||Chicago, Ill.|
|Andre Drummond, Connecticut||C||6-10||270||Fr.||Middletown, Conn.|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky||F||6-7||232||Fr.||Somerdale, N.J.|
|Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State||G/F||6-7||230||Fr.||Dallas, Texas|
|Austin Rivers, Duke||G||6-4||200||Fr.||Winter Park, Fla.|
|Marquis Teague, Kentucky||G||6-2||189||Fr.||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Adonis Thomas, Memphis||F/G||6-6||222||Fr.||Memphis, Tenn.|
|Josiah Turner, Arizona||G||6-3||192||Fr.||Sacramento, Calif.|
|Cody Zeller, Indiana||F||6-11||230||Fr.||Washington, Ind.|
The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Other previous winners of the award include Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber. Last season, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger won the inaugural Wayman Tisdale Award.
The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray. A permanent Wayman Tisdale Award is on display at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
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 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award presented by Devon 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 U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and funding of youth basketball programs throughout the state of Oklahoma through Wayman's Lightning Basketball League.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 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 314-444-4325.Original Article