Indiana's Noah Vonleh was among nine standout freshmen named to the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association unveiled on Friday. The award is presented annually to the best freshman in the nation.
Vonleh currently leads the Big Ten in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and helps Indiana rank seventh in the nation in total rebounds. He has reached double-figures 14 times this season, has registered eight double-doubles and leads all Big Ten freshmen in rebounding, scoring (12.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.545) and blocked shots (24). Vonleh has received Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors six times this season, the third-most since the award began in 2010.
The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. The award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.