The USBWA National Freshman of the Year, the men's version of which is named the Wayman Tisdale Award, is an annual basketball award given to college basketball's most outstanding freshman male player and female player by the United States Basketball Writers Association, an association of college basketball journalists. The award was first given following the 1988–89 season for men, while the 2002–03 season marked the first season for the women's award.
There has never been a tie for the men's award but there has been one for the women, when Tasha Humphrey of Georgia and Candice Wiggins of Stanford shared the 2004–05 award. Only three players, all men, have been named the National Player of the Year (by receiving the Naismith or Wooden awards for either men or women, and/or the Wade Trophy for women) in the same season as being named the USBWA Freshman of the Year. Kevin Durant of Texas was the first in 2006–07, followed by Anthony Davis of Kentucky in 2011–12 and Zion Williamson of Duke in 2018–19. Chris Jackson and Seimone Augustus, the two inaugural award winners for the men and women, respectively, were coincidentally both players at LSU.
On July 26, 2010, the USBWA announced that they would rename the men's National Freshman of the Year award after the late Wayman Tisdale, who in 1983 was named a first team All-American as a freshman.
|USBWA National Freshman of the Year|
|Given for||the most outstanding freshmen male and female college basketball players|
|Presented by||United States Basketball Writers Association|
|First award||1989 (men) |
|Most recent||Zion Williamson, Duke (men)|
Rhyne Howard, Kentucky (women)
|†||Co-National Freshman of the Year|
|*||Awarded a national Player of the Year award as a freshman: |
the Naismith College Player of the Year or the John R. Wooden Award (or the Wade Trophy for women)
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Men's college basketball awards (United States)
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|Conference players of the year|
|Head coach awards|
|Conference coaches of the year|
Women's college basketball awards (United States)
|Other individual awards|
|Conference players of the year|
|Conference coaches of the year|
USBWA National Freshman of the Year Award winners