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USBWA names Emery the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week

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ST. LOUIS – BYU guard Nick Emery is the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Feb. 14. Emery was selected by's Matt Norlander, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Norlander's popular weekly freshman watch column will continue to feature nation's the top freshmen each week in addition to the national player of the week. Later in the season, the USBWA will release a midseason watch list before naming finalists for the award. This season marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will be selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 23, a standout first-year player will be chosen for the honor.

Norlander writes of the Alpine, Utah, product: "[He] helped BYU blow out San Francisco (114-89) and Santa Clara (96-62) last week. He averaged 34.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists, all the while shooting 69.4 percent (25-of-36). And he was 65 percent from 3-point range. He is the clear-cut choice for Freshman of the Week.

In the San Fran game, Emery was 10 for 12 from beyond the arc. It amounts to one of the best shooting performances in a single game from 3-point range this season. He finished with 37 points in that game, which is the second highest total for any WCC player this season. He's the first freshman in program history to have consecutive 30-point games. He's averaging 16.1 points. BYU trails Gonzaga by two games in the WCC standings."

The Integris Wayman Tisdale Award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the College Basketball Awards on April 11, 2016, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually following the NCAA Men's Final Four.

The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Last season, Duke's Jahlil Okafor became the fourth winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award. Other notable previous winners of the national freshman of the year award include Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.

The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray.

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.

The Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award is produced by Access Sports, an Oklahoma City-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation responsible for creating the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award. Access Sports produces all events associated with the award, including the annual awards dinner. Proceeds from the activities affiliated with the award are used to support various worthy charitable causes, including providing opportunities for disadvantaged youth to participate in basketball leagues, clinics, and training throughout the state. In addition, Access Sports supports the Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation which helps fund prosthetics for those who cannot afford the cost on their own and may not be covered by insurance.

Tickets and sponsorship information for the College Basketball Awards are available at or by contacting Scott Hill (405-640-0406,

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With more than 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

2015-16 Wayman Tisdale National Freshmen of the Week

Week ending Dec. 13: Henry Ellenson, Marquette (Big East Conference)
Week ending Dec. 20: Dwayne Bacon, Florida State (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Dec. 27: Edmond Sumner, Xavier (Big East Conference)
Week ending Jan. 3: Diamond Stone, Maryland (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Jan. 10: Brandon Ingram, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Jan. 17: Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Jan. 24: Henry Ellenson, Marquette (Big East Conference)
Week ending Jan. 31: Matt Morgan, Cornell (Ivy League)
Week ending Feb. 7: Ben Simmons, LSU (Southeastern Conference)
Week ending Feb. 14: Nick Emery, BYU (West Coast Conference)