College basketball: A look at the Tisdale Award contenders

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart kept the Tisdale Award local last season, winning the honor for the nation's top freshman.
by John Helsley Published: November 7, 2013
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Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart kept the Tisdale Award local last season, winning the honor for the nation's top freshman.

Who are the early, early leaders for the Oklahoma City-based award entering the 2013-14 campaign?

Here's a look at six candidates drawing preseason buzz:

Andrew Wiggins, 6-8, G, Kansas

He hasn't played a college game and already we know him well, as a frequent magazine cover boy linked to the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

F Julius Randle, 6-9, F, Kentucky

Wiggins was the nation's No. 1 recruit, but Randle was right there, too. He's the headliner in what is being billed as the best recruiting class — ever.

Jabari Parker, 6-8, F, Duke

A highly intelligent player — it's Duke, after all — Parker could develop into the next centerpiece for another Blue Devils run.

Joel Embiid, 7-0, C, Kansas

A bit raw as a late-bloomer, Embiid will benefit by not having to be the star immediately. And with few quality big men in play, he could dominate.

James Young, 6-6, G, Kentucky

Overshadowed by Randle — and others in UK's recruiting class — he's been the star in early Wildcats' early practices.

Aaron Gordon, 6-9, F, Arizona

He was the MVP on the U.S. Under-19 team that won the gold medal this summer in the Czech Republic — a team that also featured Smart.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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