ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Cal State Northridge forward
Lamine Diane is the Wayman Tisdale National
Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Feb.
3. Diane was selected by CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander, in partnership
with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
popular weekly freshman watch column will continue to feature nation's
the top freshmen each week in addition to the national player of
the week. Later in the season, the USBWA will release a midseason
watch list before naming finalists for the award. This season marks
the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will be selected
and, each Tuesday through Feb. 26, a standout first-year player
will be chosen for the honor.
Diane, a 6-7 forward from Dakar, Senegal, earned the award off
a pair of games that saw him average 30.5 points, 12.0 rebounds,
2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks as the Matadors (10-13, 4-3 Big West)
split two league games. He scored 39 points 29 of them in the
second half and hauled in 13 rebounds last Wednesday at Cal State
Fullerton, tying CSUNs Division I scoring record. He followed it
three days later with his BWC-best 13th double-double of the season
with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Cal Poly in only 27
minutes on the court.
"No one was more deserving of Frosh of the Week honors than breakout
star Lamine Diane," Norlander wrote in his weekly column highlighting
freshman play across the country. "Diane's performances this season
have been impressive considering he does not shoot many 3-pointers
and he's only a 51.5-percent free-throw shooter. Yet he's averaging
Diane has made waves across all of Division I basketball and
leads the nation in field goals made with 220 while also ranking
eighth in rebounds per game (11.0), 10th in points per game (24.1),
11th in double-doubles (13) and 19th in blocked shots per game (2.3).
He is also one of two players in the country to average more than
24 points and 10 rebounds and is first among all freshmen in rebounds
per game and second in points per game.
Diane, who leads the Big West in scoring, rebounding and blocked
shots, is the first freshman in the Big West Conference's 50-year
history to win its Player of the Week honor three times in one season.
The late Wayman Tisdale was a three-time USBWA All-American
at the University of Oklahoma. Following a stint on the 1984 U.S.
Olympic basketball team, he played 12 seasons in the NBA before
retiring in 1997 to focus on a blossoming jazz music career. In
March 2007, he was diagnosed with cancer and, following a courageous
and difficult battle that included the amputation of his right leg
in 2008, he passed away in May 2009.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With more than 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at
2018-19 Wayman Tisdale National Freshmen of the Week
Week ending Dec. 2: Zion Williamson, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Dec. 9: RJ Barrett, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Dec. 16: Wynston Tabbs, Boston College (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Dec. 23: Mac McClung, Georgetown (Big East Conference)
Week ending Dec. 30: Tyler Herro, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
Week ending Jan. 6: Antoine Davis, Detroit (Horizon League)
Week ending Jan. 13: Jaylen Gardner, East Carolina (American Athletic Conference)
Week ending Jan. 20: Zion Williamson, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Jan. 27: Zion Williamson, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Feb. 3: Lamine Diane, Cal State Northridge (Big West Conference)
Week ending Feb. 10: Devon Dotson, Kansas (Big 12 Conference)