Wroten Among Finalists For Nation's Top Freshman Award
Feb. 15, 2012
ST. LOUIS - Husky freshman guard Tony Wroten is among five finalist for the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award, which is given to the National Freshman of the Year, it was announced today by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Wroten (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) joins a distinguish list that includes Indiana's Cody Zeller, Duke's Austin Rivers and Kentucky teammates Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
In his first year at Washington, Wroten is threatening numerous Husky freshman records and has helped propel his team into a first-place tie in the Pac-12 standings. Wroten is averaging 16.4 points per game, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals. Not only is Wroten the Pac-12 Conference's freshman leader in scoring, assists and steals, but his scoring average is fourth among all freshmen in college basketball, while his per game steals average ranks sixth.
Wroten is on pace to end the year as Washington's all-time freshman scorer and steals leader. He also should end up among UW's top-five freshman assist leaders.
The 6-foot-5 Wroten is tied for the team lead in double-figure scoring games with 23 out of 25. He has scored 20 or more points a team best eight times and his 188 free throw attempts represent 33% of the Huskies total attempts this year.
The award will be presented to the men's National Freshman of the Year at a gala banquet on Mon., April 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The announcement of the winner will come at the USBWA College Basketball Awards Breakfast on Fri., March 30 in New Orleans in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four.
The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Last season, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger became the winner of the first Wayman Tisdale Award. Other previous winners of the award include Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.
The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray. The April 16 banquet will also honor Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.
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.
Tickets and sponsorship information for the April 16 event are available at the Tisdale Award website, access-sports.net, or by contacting Scott Hill (405-749-1515, email@example.com). For more information on the USBWA Awards Breakfast in New Orleans, including purchasing tickets, visit usbwa.com.