USBWA National Freshman of the Year

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.[1]

USBWA National Freshman of the Year
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Given forthe most outstanding freshmen male and female college basketball players
CountryUnited States
Presented byUnited States Basketball Writers Association
History
First award1989 (men)
2003 (women)
Most recentZion Williamson, Duke (men)
Rhyne Howard, Kentucky (women)
WebsiteWebsite

Key

    †     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)

Winners

Men
Season Player School Position Reference
1988–89 Chris Jackson[a] LSU Point guard [2]
1989–90 Kenny Anderson Georgia Tech Point guard [3]
1990–91 Rodney Rogers Wake Forest Forward [4]
1991–92 Chris Webber Michigan Center [5]
1992–93 Jason Kidd California Point guard [5]
1993–94 Joe Smith Maryland Power forward / Center [2]
1994–97
No award given[b]
1997–98 Larry Hughes Saint Louis Shooting guard [6]
1998–99 Quentin Richardson DePaul Small forward / Shooting guard [6]
1999–00 Jason Gardner Arizona Point guard [6]
2000–01 Eddie Griffin Seton Hall Center [6]
2001–02 T. J. Ford Texas Point guard [2]
2002–03 Carmelo Anthony Syracuse Small forward [5]
2003–04 Luol Deng Duke Small forward [6]
2004–05 Marvin Williams North Carolina Power forward [4]
2005–06 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Power forward [4]
2006–07 Kevin Durant* Texas Small forward [7]
2007–08 Michael Beasley Kansas State Power forward [2]
2008–09 Tyreke Evans Memphis Point guard [8]
2009–10 John Wall Kentucky Point guard [9]
2010–11 Jared Sullinger Ohio State Power forward [10]
2011–12 Anthony Davis* Kentucky Center [11]
2012–13 Marcus Smart Oklahoma State Point guard [12]
2013–14 Jabari Parker Duke Small forward [13]
2014–15 Jahlil Okafor Duke Center
2015–16 Ben Simmons LSU Forward [14]
2016–17 Lonzo Ball UCLA Point guard [15]
2017–18 Trae Young Oklahoma Point guard [16]
2018–19 Zion Williamson* Duke Forward [17]
Women
Season Player School Position Reference
2002–03 Seimone Augustus LSU Shooting guard [18]
2003–04 Tiffany Jackson Texas Forward [19]
2004–05 Tasha Humphrey Georgia Center [20]
2004–05 Candice Wiggins Stanford Shooting guard [20]
2005–06 Courtney Paris Oklahoma Center [21]
2006–07 Tina Charles Connecticut Center [22]
2007–08 Maya Moore Connecticut Small forward [23]
2008–09 Shekinna Stricklen Tennessee Small forward / Guard [24]
2009–10 Brittney Griner Baylor Center [25]
2010–11 Odyssey Sims Baylor Point guard [26]
2011–12 Elizabeth Williams Duke Center [27]
2012–13 Jewell Loyd Notre Dame Guard [28]
2013–14 Diamond DeShields North Carolina Guard [29]
2014–15 Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State Guard [30]
2015–16 Kristine Anigwe California Center [14][31]
2016–17 Sabrina Ionescu Oregon Guard [32]
2017–18 Chennedy Carter Texas A&M Guard [33]
2018–19 Rhyne Howard Kentucky Guard [34]

Footnotes

  • a Chris Jackson legally changed his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in 1991 upon his conversion to Islam.[35]
  • b No award was given from 1995 to 1997, although the official USBWA website does not explain why.[36]

References

General
  1. "U.S. Basketball Writers Awards". United States Basketball Writers Association. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  2. "USBWA Women's Honors". United States Basketball Writers Association. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
Specific
  1. ^ "USBWA's Freshman of the Year Award to Be Named for Wayman Tisdale". United States Basketball Writers Association. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kansas State's Beasley is 2007–08 USBWA National Freshman of the Year" (Press release). United States Basketball Writers Association. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  3. ^ "ACC 50th Anniversary Men's Basketball Team". Atlantic Coast Conference. 26 September 2002. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Season Awards". USA Today. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Wall Named Freshman Of The Year". Southeastern Conference. 22 March 2010. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d e "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Awards". The Sports Network. 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Kevin Durant". Player page. National Basketball Association. 2010. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Evans Named USBWA National Freshman of the Year". University of Memphis. 25 March 2009. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  9. ^ Mills, Jeff (22 March 2010). "Writers select Kentucky's John Wall freshman of the year, Ohio State's Evan Turner player of the year". News-Record. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  10. ^ Ohio State's Sullinger wins 2011 Wayman Tisdale award, accessed March 15, 2011
  11. ^ Staff (13 March 2012). "Davis USBWA Freshman Of The Year". Lex18.com. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  12. ^ "OSU's Marcus Smart named USBWA Freshman of the Year". Tulsa World. 13 March 2013. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  13. ^ Borzello, Jeff (17 March 2014). "Jabari Parker named Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year". CBS Sports. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  14. ^ a b "LSU's Simmons Wins Integris Wayman Tisdale Award" (Press release). United States Basketball Writers Association. March 16, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  15. ^ Bolch, Ben (March 16, 2017). "UCLA teammates see two sides of freshman guard Lonzo Ball". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 17, 2017.
  16. ^ "Oklahoma's Young wins Wayman Tisdale Award" (Press release). USBWA. March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Duke's Williamson Wins Wayman Tisdale Award" (Press release). USBWA. March 26, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  18. ^ "Women → National Team → Seimone Augustus". USA Basketball. 14 October 2009. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  19. ^ "Houston's Curl, Texas' Jackson also honored" (Press release). ESPN. 4 April 2004. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  20. ^ a b "Tasha Humphrey bio". University of Georgia. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  21. ^ SI Staff (30 March 2006). "Paris named USBWA Freshman of the Year". Scout.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  22. ^ "USBWA Women's Awards". United States Basketball Writers Association. 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  23. ^ "Player bio: Maya Moore". University of Connecticut. 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  24. ^ "Player bio: Shekinna Stricklen". University of Tennessee. 2010. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  25. ^ Staff (1 April 2010). "Griner Named USBWA Freshman Of The Year". CentralTexasNow.com. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  26. ^ Staff (30 March 2011). "USBWA announces 2010-11 women's homors". USBWA.net. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  27. ^ Staff (28 March 2012). "DUKE'S WILLIAMS IS 2011-12 USBWA NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR". USBWA.net. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  28. ^ Staff (4 April 2013). "NOTRE DAME'S LOYD IS 2012-13 USBWA NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR". sportswriters.net. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  29. ^ "DeShields Honored By USBWA As Nation's Top Freshman". GoHeels.com. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  30. ^ "USBWA names Mitchell freshman of year". The Columbus Dispatch. 5 April 2015. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  31. ^ "Cal Women's Basketball – 2015-16 Roster". California Golden Bears. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  32. ^ "USBWA Presents 2016-17 Women's Honors" (Press release). United States Basketball Writers Association. March 31, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  33. ^ "Chennedy Carter Named WBCA NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year" (Press release). Texas A&M Aggies. March 27, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  34. ^ "Rhyne Howard Named USBWA National Freshman of the Year" (Press release). Kentucky Wildcats. April 5, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  35. ^ Armstrong, Jim (3 April 2010). "Former NBA star Abdul-Rauf has kept the faith". USA Today. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  36. ^ "Kentucky's Wall is 2009–10 USBWA National Freshman of the Year". United States Basketball Writers Association. 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.

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