Wayman Tisdale Award midseason watch list

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The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the midseason watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award on Friday evening. The association also revealed the 17 players on the Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list.

Headlining the list for the nation’s top freshmen were three Kentucky Wildcats — Devin Booker, Karl Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis. Duke and Kansas each had a pair of first year players represented on the list.

Here’s the list of players on the midseason watch list:

  • Cliff Alexander, Kansas
  • James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
  • Devin Booker, Kentucky
  • Stanley Johnson, Arizona
  • Tyus Jones, Duke
  • Kevon Looney, ucla
  • Jahlil Okafor, Duke
  • Kelly Oubre Jr., Kansas
  • D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State
  • Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
  • Melo Trimble, Maryland
  • Myles Turner, Texas
  • Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
  • Rashad Vaughn, UNLV

Duke forward Jabari Parker won the award during the 2013-14 season.

Tyler Ennis, Jabari Parker among nine on midseason Tisdale Award list

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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.