Noah Vonleh named to Wayman Tisdale Award midseason watch list

  • 01/24/2014 1:45 pm in

The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the midseason watch list for the 2014 Wayman Tisdale Award, which honors the country’s top freshman, and IU freshman forward Noah Vonleh was among the nine midseason candidates.

Here’s the complete watch list, per a USBWA press release issued earlier this afternoon:


C Joel Embiid, Kansas 7-0 250 Fr. Yaounde, Cameroon
G Tyler Ennis, Syracuse 6-2 180 Fr. Brampton, Ont.
F Aaron Gordon, Arizona 6-9 225 Fr. San Jose, Calif.
F Jordan Mickey, LSU 6-8 220 Fr. Dallas, Texas
F Jabari Parker, Duke 6-8 235 Fr. Chicago, Ill.
F Julius Randle, Kentucky 6-9 250 Fr. Dallas, Texas
F Noah Vonleh, Indiana 6-10 240 Fr. Haverhill, Mass.
G Andrew Wiggins, Kansas 6-8 200 Fr. Vaughan, Ont.
G James Young, Kentucky 6-6 215 Fr. Rochester Hills, Mich.

Yogi Ferrell was on the midseason watch list for the award last season and Cody Zeller was on the midseason watch list for the 2011-2012 season.

The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season, but an Indiana player has never won the award.

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  • HoosierDawg

    I really wish the NCAA would change the rule to the same as baseball. You wanna go pro after HS, fine. If you go to college, you have to stay three years. That would put an end to kentucky’s mockery of college basketball.

  • MillaRed

    I don’t think people get that. The colleges want these kids on the court as long as possible. They are making millions off these kids.

  • Bled4IU

    The only way the NCAA will be able to keep kids from leaving early to go to the NBA is if the start paying the kids some money to play at the college level. These universities are making millions each year off these kids athletic ability. But, even if they were to start paying kids they wouldn’t be able to compete with NBA salaries. I do think the % of kids leaving early would decrease. Free education, college life, plus cash. I think that would give a kid a little more to think about before leaving to the NBA.