The award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 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.
Embiid leads Kansas in rebounds with a 7.4 per game average, good for eighth in the Big 12. The 7-0 Yauonde, Cameroon, center is tied for the conference lead with 2.8 blocked shots per game. A two-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Embiid's 50 blocked shots this season are already third on the all-time KU freshman list and his eight against Oklahoma State (1.18.14) broke his own KU freshman record of seven set against UTEP (11.30.13). Embiid leads KU with four double-doubles this season.
Wiggins leads Kansas with a 15.2 scoring average, which also leads the Big 12 freshman class and is 10th overall in the conference. The 6-8 Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, guard has five games of 20-plus points and pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds at then No. 8 Iowa State (1/13). Wiggins is 50-of-59 (84.7 percent) from the free throw line in his last 10 games after hitting 10-of-12 charity shots during his 17-point effort in the win versus No. 23 Baylor on ESPN Big Monday (1/20). He has made 20 threes this season, leads KU with 17 steals and his 6.1 rebound average is third on the team.
|2014 WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LIST|
|C||21||Joel Embiid, Kansas||7-0||250||Fr.||Yaounde, Cameroon|
|G||11||Tyler Ennis, Syracuse||6-2||180||Fr.||Brampton, Ont.|
|F||11||Aaron Gordon, Arizona||6-9||225||Fr.||San Jose, Calif.|
|F||25||Jordan Mickey, LSU||6-8||220||Fr.||Dallas, Texas|
|F||1||Jabari Parker, Duke||6-8||235||Fr.||Chicago, Ill.|
|F||30||Julius Randle, Kentucky||6-9||250||Fr.||Dallas, Texas|
|F||1||Noah Vonleh, Indiana||6-10||240||Fr.||Haverhill, Mass.|
|G||22||Andrew Wiggins, Kansas||6-8||200||Fr.||Vaughan, Ont.|
|G||1||James Young, Kentucky||6-6||215||Fr.||Rochester Hills, Mich.|