Kansas' Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins are two of the nine freshmen on the midseason watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award for national freshman of the year.
The winner, selected annually by the United States Basketball Writers Association, will be announced in March and honored in April in Oklahoma City.
Joining the Jayhawks duo on the watch list are Kentucky's Julius Randle and James Young, Syracuse's Tyler Ennis, Arizona's Aaron Gordon, LSU's Jordan Mickey, Duke's Jabari Parker and Indiana's Noah Vonleh.
Embiid, who wasn't in Kansas' starting lineup early in the season, is averaging 11.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks for the No. 8 Jayhawks. Wiggins is averaging 15.2 points and 6.1 rebounds.
The favorites right now for the award might be Parker and Ennis.
The No. 18 Blue Devils have struggled at times this season, but Parker has lived up to expectations, averaging 18.9 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Ennis has helped No. 2 Syracuse to a perfect start so far, averaging 11.9 points, 5.5 assists and 2.7 steals to go along with just 1.2 turnovers per game.
The award is named after Tisdale, who was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma before playing 12 seasons in the NBA. Tisdale, who was also an accomplished musician, died in May 2009.
Last year's winner was Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart.
The Thunder's Kevin Durant won the award as a Texas freshman in 2007.