On Monday, the Big 12 honored Oklahoma point guard Jordan Woodard as the Newcomer of the Week. Less than 24 hours later, he was named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week.
Woodard tied an OU record by attempting 22 free throws in the Sooners’ 101-91 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes on Saturday. The Sooner freshman made 17 of his 22 free-throw tries on his way to a career-best 24-point performance. For the season, Woodard is averaging 11.9 points and a team-high 4.9 assists for the Sooners, who are 9-1 going into Tuesday night’s game with the University of Texas-Arlington.
The native of Arcadia, Okla., ranks fifth in the Big 12 in assists and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5).
The Wayman Tisdale Award, ironically, is named after the former Oklahoma All-American and NBA All-Star, who died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 44. At the end of the season, the winner of the annual award will be selected from all of the weekly honorees. The award presentation will be April 14. The Oscar Robertson Trophy honoring the National Newcomer of the Year and the Henry R. Iba National Coach of the Year Award will be presented at the same time.