Zeller Named to Wayman Tisdale Award Preseason Watch List
Oct. 20, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana freshman forward Cody Zeller has been named to the 12-player Wayman Tisdale Award Preseason Watch List, honoring the nation's top freshman for the 2011-12 season, announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) on Oct. 20.
Zeller, 6-11, 230-pound forward from Washington, Ind., was named Indiana High School's Mr. Basketball, becoming the 26th Mr. Basketball from the state of Indiana to play for the Hoosiers. He also garnered First Team All-State honors from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Zeller was named a McDonald's All-American and scored 10 points, pulled down three rebounds and dished out three assists in the nationally acclaimed all-star game. He averaged 24.6 points, 13 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a senior while leading Washington to the Class 3A state championship, the third title of his career. Zeller was presented with the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award, which is given in each class to a senior participant who best demonstrates mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. He received Gatorade Player of the Year accolades in Indiana and was named Parade Magazine All-American.
The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Other previous winners of the award include Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber. Last season, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger won the inaugural Wayman Tisdale Award.
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. Click here to see the all-time USWBA National Freshman of the Year list.
2011-12 Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List
Bradley Beal, Florida
Chane Behanan, Louisville
Khem Birch, Pittsburgh
Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Andre Drummond, Connecticut
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State
Austin Rivers, Duke
Marquis Teague, Kentucky
Adonis Thomas, Memphis
Josiah Turner, Arizona
Cody Zeller, Indiana
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