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Oklahoma State basketball: Marcus Smart named Wayman Tisdale Award winner as nation's top freshman

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 13, 2013
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Marcus Smart Big 12 Player of the Year and Tisdale Award winner

 "What makes Marcus great is he's a complete player. He's a great offensive player as well as a great defensive player. He's very unselfish and a unbelievable leader. I think he's very deserving of this award, because of how hard he works and the attitude he plays with every day.

"This is an exciting award for Marcus, because of the great player and great person that Wayman Tisdale was."

In addition to selecting Smart as the national freshman of the year, the USBWA chose four other first-year standouts for its 2013 Freshman All-America Team. Following is the complete team, all of whom were finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award:

Those players are UNLV's Anthony Bennett, Kansas' Ben McLemore, UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad and Kentucky's Nerlens Noel.

Wayman Tisdale was a three-time USBWA All-American at the University of Oklahoma and in 1983 was the first freshman ever to be named a first-team All-American by the USBWA. 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.


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