Arizona's Turner on Tisdale Award Watch List
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.— ARIZONA freshman guard Josiah Turner is on the watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award, an honor for the nation's top freshman for the 2011-12 college basketball season, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Thursday.
Turner, a Sacramento, Calif., native, is one of 12 student-athletes on the list, and the sole representative of the Pac-12 Conference.
The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season. Two Pac-12 players have won the award: Jason Kidd (1993, California) and Jason Gardner (2000, Arizona).
The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by nationally recognized sculptor Shan Gray. A permanent Wayman Tisdale Award is on display at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
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.
2011-12 WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD WATCH LIST
Bradley Beal, Florida (G, 6-3, 207, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.)
Chane Behanan, Louisville (F, 6-6, 245, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
Khem Birch, Pittsburgh (F, 6-9, 220, Fr., Montreal, Quebec)
Anthony Davis, Kentucky (F, 6-10, 220, Fr., Chicago, Ill.)
Andre Drummond, Connecticut (C, 6-10, 270, Fr., Middletown, Conn.)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (F, 6-7, 232, Fr., Somerdale, N.J.)
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State (G/F, 6-7, 230, Fr., Dallas, Texas)
Austin Rivers, Duke (G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Winter Park, Fla.)
Marquis Teague, Kentucky (G, 6-2, 189, Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Adonis Thomas, Memphis (F/G, 6-6, 222, Fr., Memphis, Tenn.)
Josiah Turner, Arizona (G, 6-3, 192, Fr., Sacramento, Calif.)
Cody Zeller, Indiana (F, 6-11, 230, Fr., Washington, Ind.)