One day after releasing its midseason list for the Oscar Robertson Award, which is given to the best player in college basketball, the United State Basketball Writers Association released its midseason list for the Wayman Tisdale Award. The Tisdale Award is annually give to the nation’s best freshman as voted upon by members of the USBWA.
The list is only nine players deep, with six of the players also making yesterday’s Robertson Award list. Here’s the list, with the players on both the Robertson and Tisdale award lists in italics:
- Joel Embiid, Kansas
- Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
- Aaron Gordon, Arizona
- Jordan Mickey, LSU
- Jabari Parker, Duke
- Julius Randle, Kentucky
- Noah Vonleh, Indiana
- Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
- James Young, Kentucky
The SEC claims the most representatives on the list with three players being named, and Kentucky is one of two programs with multiple players listed with Kansas being the other. Embiid’s play of late has been universally praised and with good reason, as he’s one of the reasons why the Jayhawks once again look to be the class of the Big 12 after navigating a brutal non-conference slate with Wiggins being another.
But the two freshmen who have enjoyed the most team success thus far are Ennis and Gordon, with both having prominent roles on teams that are still undefeated and sitting atop the national polls.
Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.
The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.
Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.
Virginia guard London Perrantes will miss Tuesday night’s game against Ohio State after having an appendectomy on Sunday (Nov. 29).
In a release from the school, it isn’t known if Perrantes will be able to play on Saturday against William & Mary.
The point guard was averaging 10 points, 5.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game this season. Without an experienced guard like Perrantes in the lineup, Virginia could see their better-looking offense slow down a bit. Malcolm Brogdon will probably carry more of the burden on offense and it will be interesting to see who head coach Tony Bennett asks to step up in place of Perrantes.