Creighton’s Justin Patton A Candidate For Wayman Tisdale Award For Nation’s Best Freshman

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Creighton’s Justin Patton A Candidate For Wayman Tisdale Award For Nation’s Best Freshman

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Creighton center Justin Patton has been named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s midseason watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award, given to the National Freshman of the Year.

Patton ranks second on the Creighton team with 13.7 points per game, and leads the club with 6.5 rebounds per game and 32 blocked shots. Patton ranks third nationally in field goal percentage (71.8 percent) and owns 50 dunks through 20 career games.

Balloting for the USBWA’s All-America Team, All-District Teams and the association’s individual awards will take place in March. The Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented at a news conference on Friday, March 31, at the Final Four in Phoenix. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year will be presented at the association’s awards breakfast the following Monday. The presentation of the Wayman Tisdale Award is to be announced.

Here are the midseason watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award:

2016-17 USBWA MEN’S MIDSEASON WATCH LIST

Wayman Tisdale Award (Men’s National Freshman Player of the Year)

Lonzo Ball, UCLA
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
Markelle Fultz, Washington
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Josh Jackson, Kansas
TJ Leaf, UCLA

Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Justin Patton, Creighton
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s
Dennis Smith, North Carolina State
Jayson Tatum, Duke

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 1,000 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch.