University of Kansas

KU’s Wiggins, Wichita’s Early are finalists for Oscar Robertson player of the year award

Updated: 2014-02-27T22:01:37Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins and Wichita State senior Cleanthony Early are two of the 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Award, the United States Basketball Writers Association announced on Thursday.

Wiggins and KU freshman center Joel Embiid were also among six finalists for the basketball writers’ Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year honor. Wiggins leads No. 5 Kansas with 16.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while Embiid is averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.

The Oscar Robertson Trophy award winner will be announced on April 4 in Arlington, Texas, at a news conference before the Final Four. The Wayman Tisdale Award winner will be announced March 17.

2014 Oscar Robertson Trophy finalists

Pos.Player, schoolHt.Wt.Yr.Hometown
G/FKyle Anderson, UCLA6-9230So.Fairview, N.J.
FCameron Bairstow, New Mexico6-9250Sr.Brisbane, Australia
FCleanthony Early, Wichita State6-8219Sr.Middletown, N.Y.
FMelvin Ejim, Iowa State6-6220Sr.Toronto
GTyler Ennis, Syracuse6-2180Fr.Brampton, Ontario
FC.J. Fair, Syracuse6-8215Sr.Baltimore
GNick Johnson, Arizona6-3200Jr.Gilbert, Ariz.
GSean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati6-4210Sr.Yonkers, N.Y.
FDoug McDermott, Creighton6-8225Sr.Ames, Iowa
GShabazz Napier, Connecticut6-1180Sr.Roxbury, Mass.
FJabari Parker, Duke6-8235Fr.Chicago
FCasey Prather, Florida6-6212Sr.Jackson, Tenn.
FJulius Randle, Kentucky6-9250Fr.Dallas
GRuss Smith, Louisville6-0165Sr.Brooklyn, N.Y.
GAndrew Wiggins, Kansas6-8200Fr.Vaughan, Ontario

2014 Wayman Tisdale Award finalists

Pos.Player, schoolHt.Wt.Hometown
CJoel Embiid7-0250Yaounde, Cameroon
GTyler Ennis, Syracuse6-2180Brampton, Ontario
FAaron Gordon, Arizona6-9225San Jose, Calif.
FJabari Parker, Duke6-8235Chicago
FJulius Randle, Kentucky6-9250Dallas
GAndrew Wiggins, Kansas6-8200Vaughan, Ontario

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