Florida freshman Bradley Beal
Florida freshman G Bradley Beal is one of 12 players who have been named to the Wayman Tisdale Award preseason watch list, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced today.
The USBWA has named the nation’s top freshman since the 1988-89 season, and the award was renamed last season in honor of Tisdale, the former Oklahoma All-American.
Beal, the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year, averaged 32.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a senior at Chaminade Prep and was the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year in 2000 and 2011. He is the 14th McDonald’s All-American signed by UF head coach Billy Donovan.
The 6-foot-3 Gator guard is one of 12 players named to the watch list.
The others are: Chane Behanan (Louisville), Khem Birch (Pittsburgh), Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Andre Drummond (Connecticut), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky), Le’Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State), Austin Rivers (Duke), Marquis Teague (Kentucky), Adonis Thomas (Memphis), Josiah Turner (Arizona) and Cody Zeller (Indiana).
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. He died in May 2009.