Jan 24, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT
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.
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