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Arcidiacono, Brunson Named to USBWA’s Watch List for National Awards

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This afternoon, the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) released its watch lists for national awards, including the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Wayman Tisdale Award.

The USBWA is comprised of about 1,000 sports journalists covering college basketball for newspapers, magazines and websites.

Among the field of 33 players from 26 different schools for the Oscar Robertson Trophy is Villanova senior Ryan Arcidiacono. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is awarded to the national player of the year, as voted by the USBWA.

As for the Wayman Tisdale Award, an award given to the freshman player of the year, Jalen Brunson is among the list of 18 players for consideration.

Both awards, along with the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award for player of the year in women’s basketball, will be presented at the College Basketball Awards Gala in Oklahoma City on April 11, 2016.

Arcidiacono is averaging 12.4 points per game and 4.0 assists per game. He is shooting 50.8% on the floor and a respectable 39.4% from long range. His numbers this year are up from his career average from his first three years at Villanova, where he averaged 10.6 points per game and shot 37.6% on the floor.

Brunson, Villanova’s prized freshman, had high expectations coming into this season after leading Adlai E. Stevenson High School to a state title in his senior year, winning MVP honors en route to a gold medal from the U-19 FIBA World Championships, and becoming a McDonald’s All-American.  Through seven games, he is averaging 11.1 points per game and 3.7 assists per game.

Also in the mix for these national accolades are some fellow Big East players. Butler’s Kellen Dunham and Providence’s Kris Dunn are also among consideration for the Oscar Robertson Trophy. As for the Wayman Tisdale Award, Marquette’s Henry Ellenson was included in the watch last.

Here are the watch lists for both awards:

Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List:
Grayson Allen (Duke)
Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova)
Ron Baker (Wichita State)
Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia)
Kyle Collinsworth (BYU)
Kellen Dunham (Butler)
Kris Dunn (Providence)
Perry Ellis (Kansas)
Yogi Ferrell (Indiana)
Michael Gbinije (Syracuse)
Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin)
Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)
Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame)
Damian Jones (Vanderbilt)
Skal Labissiere (Kentucky)
Caris LeVert (Michigan)
Frank Mason III (Kansas)
Sheldon McClellan (Miami)
Monte Morris (Iowa State)
Jamal Murray (Kentucky)
Georges Niang (Iowa State)
Marcus Paige (North Carolina)
Gary Payton II (Oregon State)
Jakob Poeltl (Utah)
Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga)
Wayne Selden Jr. (Kansas)
Ben Simmons (LSU)
Melo Trimble (Maryland)
Tyler Ulis (Kentucky)
Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
Fred Van Vleet (Wichita State)
Tyrone Wallace (California)
Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga)

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Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List:
Dwayne Bacon (Florida State)
Malik Beasley (Florida State)
Isaiah Briscoe (Kentucky)
Jaylen Brown (California)
Jalen Brunson (Villanova)
Cheick Diallo (Kansas)
Tyler Dorsey (Oregon)
Henry Ellenson (Marquette)
Brandon Ingram (Duke)
Skal Labissiere (Kentucky)
Tyler Lydon (Syracuse)
Jamal Murray (Kentucky)
Ivan Rabb (California)
Malachi Richardson (Syracuse)
Ben Simmons (LSU)
Caleb Swanigan (Purdue)
Allonzo Trier (Arizona)
Stephen Zimmerman (UNLV)

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Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.

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