Selden Named Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Week
ST. LOUIS – Kansas’ Wayne Selden, Jr., is the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Jan. 12, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced Tuesday. Selden was selected by CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello, in partnership with the USBWA.
This season marks the first time a weekly USBWA national freshman of the week has been selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 25, a standout first-year player will be chosen for the honor. On Jan. 13, Selden was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week, the Athlon Sports National Freshman of the Week and the Dick Vitale Diaper Dandy of the Week.
Selden, a 6-5 guard from Roxbury, Mass., helped lead the Jayhawks to two wins to start Big 12 play, averaging 22.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists – while also knocking down 8-for-15 from 3-point range.
Up first was a road trip to Oklahoma, where Selden made five 3-pointers en route to a career-high 24 points in the 90-83 victory over the Sooners. He followed it up with 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in an 86-60 win versus Kansas State. Overall, he made 16-for-27 from the field.
On the season, Selden is now averaging 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from 3-point range.
The Integris Wayman Tisdale Award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14, 2014, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
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.
2013-14 Wayman Tisdale National Freshmen of the Week
Week of Dec. 8: Chris Perry, USF (American Athletic Conference)
Week of Dec. 15: Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Dec. 22: Jabari Parker, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week of Dec. 29: James Young, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
Week of Jan. 5: Marcus Foster, Kansas State (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Jan. 12: Wayne Selden, Jr., Kansas (Big 12 Conference)
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