Trae Young receives 2018 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award

Oklahoma's Trae Young (11) dribbles the ball around Texas Tech's Justin Gray (5) during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

University of Oklahoma freshman Trae Young has been named the top freshman of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

The Norman native was named 2018 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award on Wednesday. Despite being named after a Sooner legend, Young is the first Sooner to receive the honor. Young leads the nation in both points per game, 27.5, and assists, 8.9. If the season ended today he would be the first player in recorded NCAA history to achieve that feat. His averages would also be the highest by any player in Big 12 history.

The award has been given out by the USBWA since 1989. It was named in Tisdale's honor in 2011, two years after his death. Tisdale was the first frehsman to receive first-team All-America honors from the USBWA in 1983. Past winners include Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.

The Sooners finished the season 9th in the Big 12. Young was also named the Big 12's Freshman of the Year. They begin play in the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday against Oklahoma State.

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