TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley, two of the most dynamic freshmen in all of college basketball, have been named to the Wayman Tisdale Midseason Watch List by the United States Basketball Writers Association. The award will be presented to the national freshman of the year on April 11, 2016.
Malik Beasley (17.3 ppg, the fourth leading scorer in the ACC) and Bacon (16.2 ppg, the 13th leading scorer in the ACC) are joined on the Wayman Tisdale list by KeVaughn Allen (Florida), Henry Ellenson (Marquette), Brandon Ingram (Duke), Jamal Murray (Kentucky), Ivan Rabb (Cal), Ben Simmons (LSU), Diamond Stone (Maryland) and Caleb Swanigan (Purdue).
Beasley is the top ranked freshman scorer and third ranked freshman rebounder (5.8 rpg) in the in the ACC while Bacon is the third ranked freshman scorer and the fourth ranked freshman rebounder (5.5 rpg) in the ACC. Beasley (two) and Bacon (two) are two of only six freshmen in the ACC with multiple double doubles and both combine to make Florida State the only team in the ACC with five ACC Rookie of the Week citations (Bacon, 3; Beasley, 2). The five Rookie of the Week citations for the Seminoles has set the Florida State record for ROW selections in one season. Bacon has tied the school record for ROW citations in one season with three.
Beasley, who has scored in double figures in each of the first 19 games of his Seminole career, wrote his name into the Seminoles’ record book again on Saturday with his perfect seven-of-seven shooting performance from the field against Pitt. He tied the school record for an ACC game (minimum five field goals attempted) for perfection (1.000 percent) and become only the second player to make at least seven of seven shots from the field. Only Beasley and senior Montay Brandon (seven-of-seven against Miami on Feb. 1, 2015) have not missed on at least seven shots in an ACC game as a Seminole.
Bacon has scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games (182) points and is averaging 16.5 points scored per game since scoring 20 in Florida State’s victory over Mississippi State on Dec. 16. He totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds in Florida State’s game against Louisville (Jan. 21) and now has two career double-doubles to his credit. He totaled 20 points and 10 rebounds against Charleston Southern to earn his first career double-double.
The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU’s Chris Jackson earned the award. Other previous winners of the award include Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber. The 2015-16 season marks the sixth year the award has been named in Wayman Tisdale’s honor.
The late Wayman Tisdale was a three-time USBWA All-American at the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team and for 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 Tisdale Award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy (presented to the men’s national player of the year and the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award (presented to the women’s national player of the year) will be presented at the College Basketball Awards gala in Oklahoma City on April 11, 2016, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Access Sports, a non-profit organization committed to supporting various charitable causes, will serve as host for the gala. Funds from the gala are used to support youth basketball programs in Oklahoma that allow disadvantaged youth the opportunity to participate in leagues and training.