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USBWA National Freshman of the Year

USBWA National Freshman of the Year
Awarded for the most outstanding freshmen male and female college basketball players
Country United States
Presented by United States Basketball Writers Association
First awarded 1989 (men)
2003 (women)
Currently held by Jabari Parker, Duke (male)
Diamond DeShields, North Carolina (female)
Official website Website

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 Candice Wiggins of Stanford shared the 2004–05 award. Only two players—male or female—were also named the National Player of the Year (by receiving the Naismith, Wooden awards and/or Wade Trophy) in the same season as being named the USBWA Freshman of the Year: Kevin Durant of Texas in 2006–07 and Anthony Davis of Kentucky in 2011–12. 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]


    †     Co-National Freshman of the Year
    *     Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year or the John R. Wooden Award (or the Wade Trophy for women)


Season Player School Position Reference
1988–89 Jackson, ChrisChris Jackson[a] LSU Point guard [2]
1989–90 Anderson, KennyKenny Anderson Georgia Tech Point guard [3]
1990–91 Rogers, RodneyRodney Rogers Wake Forest Forward [4]
1991–92 Webber, ChrisChris Webber Michigan Center [5]
1992–93 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd California Point guard [5]
1993–94 Smith, JoeJoe Smith Maryland Power forward / Center [2]
No award given[b]
1997–98 Hughes, LarryLarry Hughes Saint Louis Shooting guard [6]
1998–99 Richardson, QuentinQuentin Richardson DePaul Small forward / Shooting guard [6]
1999–00 Gardner, JasonJason Gardner Arizona Point guard [6]
2000–01 Griffin, EddieEddie Griffin Seton Hall Center [6]
2001–02 Ford, T. J.T. J. Ford Texas Point guard [2]
2002–03 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony Syracuse Small forward [5]
2003–04 Deng, LuolLuol Deng Duke Small forward [6]
2004–05 Williams, MarvinMarvin Williams North Carolina Power forward [4]
2005–06 Hansbrough, TylerTyler Hansbrough North Carolina Power forward [4]
2006–07 Durant, KevinKevin Durant* Texas Shooting guard / Small forward [7]
2007–08 Beasley, MichaelMichael Beasley Kansas State Power forward [2]
2008–09 Evans, TyrekeTyreke Evans Memphis Small forward / Point guard [8]
2009–10 Wall, JohnJohn Wall Kentucky Point guard [9]
2010–11 Sullinger, JaredJared Sullinger Ohio State Power forward [10]
2011–12 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis* Kentucky Center [11]
2012–13 Smart, MarcusMarcus Smart Oklahoma State Point guard [12]
2013–14 Parker, JabariJabari Parker Duke Small forward [13]
Season Player School Position Reference
2002–03 Augustus, SeimoneSeimone Augustus LSU Shooting guard [14]
2003–04 Jackson, TiffanyTiffany Jackson Texas Forward [15]
2004–05 Humphrey, TashaTasha Humphrey Georgia Center [16]
2004–05 Wiggins, CandiceCandice Wiggins Stanford Shooting guard [16]
2005–06 Paris, CourtneyCourtney Paris Oklahoma Center [17]
2006–07 Charles, TinaTina Charles Connecticut Center [18]
2007–08 Moore, MayaMaya Moore Connecticut Small forward [19]
2008–09 Stricklen, ShekinnaShekinna Stricklen Tennessee Small forward / Guard [20]
2009–10 Griner, BrittneyBrittney Griner Baylor Center [21]
2010–11 Sims, OdysseyOdyssey Sims Baylor Guard [22]
2011–12 Williams, ElizabethElizabeth Williams Duke Center [23]
2012–13 Loyd, JewellJewell Loyd Notre Dame Guard [24]
2013–14 DeShields, DiamondDiamond DeShields North Carolina Guard [25]


  • a Chris Jackson legally changed his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in 1991 upon his conversion to Islam.[26]
  • b No award was given from 1995 to 1997, although the official USBWA website does not explain why.[27]


  1. "U.S. Basketball Writers Awards".  
  2. "USBWA Women's Honors".  
  1. ^ "USBWA's Freshman of the Year Award to Be Named for Wayman Tisdale".  
  2. ^ a b c d "Kansas State's Beasley is 2007–08 USBWA National Freshman of the Year" (Press release).  
  3. ^ "ACC 50th Anniversary Men's Basketball Team".  
  4. ^ a b c "2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Season Awards".  
  5. ^ a b c "Wall Named Freshman Of The Year".  
  6. ^ a b c d e "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Awards".  
  7. ^ "Kevin Durant". Player page.  
  8. ^ "Evans Named USBWA National Freshman of the Year".  
  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. 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". Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "OSU's Marcus Smart named USBWA Freshman of the Year". Tulsa World. 13 March 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. ^ "Women → National Team → Seimone Augustus".  
  15. ^ "Houston's Curl, Texas' Jackson also honored" (Press release).  
  16. ^ a b "Tasha Humphrey bio".  
  17. ^ SI Staff (30 March 2006). "Paris named USBWA Freshman of the Year". Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "USBWA Women's Awards".  
  19. ^ "Player bio: Maya Moore".  
  20. ^ "Player bio: Shekinna Stricklen".  
  21. ^ Staff (1 April 2010). "Griner Named USBWA Freshman Of The Year". Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  22. ^ Staff (30 March 2011). "USBWA announces 2010-11 women's homors". Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  23. ^ Staff (28 March 2012). "DUKE'S WILLIAMS IS 2011-12 USBWA NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR". Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  24. ^ Staff (4 April 2013). "NOTRE DAME'S LOYD IS 2012-13 USBWA NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  25. ^ "DeShields Honored By USBWA As Nation's Top Freshman". 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  26. ^ Armstrong, Jim (3 April 2010). "Former NBA star Abdul-Rauf has kept the faith".  
  27. ^ "Kentucky's Wall is 2009–10 USBWA National Freshman of the Year".  

External links

  • Wayne Tisdale Award
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