Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart has been named the winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award, given to the nation's top freshman basketball player.
As the national freshman of the year, Smart has led the Cowboys to a 23-7 record and a No. 14 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 entering this weekend's Big 12 Conference Tournament in Kansas City.
The award will be presented to Smart at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on Mon., April 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
The April 15 gala will also honor Michigan State coach Tom Izzo as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.
Smart, a 6-4, 225-pound freshman from Flower Mound, Texas, has joined a pair of previous USBWA National Freshman of the Year Award winners – Texas' Kevin Durant (2007) and Kansas State's Michael Beasley (2008) – in an exclusive group of three players to be chosen as the Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season.
Smart was also named to the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association's All-District VI Team to go with selections to the All-Big 12 First Team, the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and the Big 12 All-Rookie Team.
"Our team has had a great season and Marcus has been a big part of that," OSU coach Travis Ford said in a press release. "Marcus is one of the most competitive players I've ever been around. He comes ready to play every single day.
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