Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid of Kansas have been named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Freshman All-America Team.
Wiggins, the country’s overall No. 1 recruit coming into the 2013-14 season, led the Jayhawks in scoring this season, averaging 17.4 points a game. He set a Kansas record for freshman this season, scoring a career-high 41 points at West Virginia in the regular-season finale. He followed that with a 30-point performance in Kansas’ quarterfinals victory over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament last week.
The 6-7 Wiggins, from Ontario, Canada, was voted by the Big 12 coaches as the Freshman of the Year this season and to the All-Big 12 First Team.
Embiid also set a Kansas freshman record this season, for most blocked shots. He has 72 this season and averages close to three blocks per game. The seven-foot Jayhawk center has been forced to sit out the team’s last four games because of a stress fracture in his back. His absence from the lineup is expected to continue at least through KU’s opening weekend of games in the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Cameroon, Embiid is the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for 2013-14.
The USBWA has honored three previous Big 12 men’s players with the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award: Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State was so honored last year, Kevin Durant of Texas in 2006-07 and Michael Beasley of Kansas State in 2007-08. The award is named after the former Oklahoma All-American and NBA star.