19-year-old Ben Simmons of the LSU has received this year’s Wayman Tisdale award. Simmons was awarded on Monday night during ceremonies at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
The award is given by Basketball Writers Association. By winning the award, Simmons joined the likes of Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber, all of whom were previous winners of this award. Simmons is also this year’s projected No. 1 pick in the NBA draft set in June.
Chris Jackson (Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) of LSU received the award in 1988-89.
It’s an amazing experience just being here,” Simmons said after the ceremony, according to the LSU Sports.net.
“I would like to thank the Tisdale family and the USBWA for noticing me. Thanks also to Integris for sponsoring this event and the award. I’m humbled and it’s an honor for a kid from Australia to be in this position.”
Simmons was third among all freshman in posting an average of 19.8 points. He led all Division I freshman this season by notching up the 11.8-rebound average.
“It was an outstanding evening here at the College Basketball Awards and to see the honorees of the basketball writers,” revealed LSU Coach Johny Jones about Ben Simmons getting the prestigious award.
“For Ben to have the opportunity to be the recipient of such a distinguished award as the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year says volumes. We know that he will be a worthy representative of the values that Wayman Tisdale believed in and the work his foundation continues to do in his name.”
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