Evans Named FoxSports.com National Freshman Of The Year
March 10, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - University of Memphis' Tyreke Evans has been named FoxSports.com National Freshman of the Year, the web site announced Tuesday. Evans also earned a spot on the web site's National All-Freshman Team.
The awards are piling up for the 6-foot-6 guard. This week, Evans was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year and earned All-C-USA first team distinction. A 2008-09 Oscar Robertson Trophy finalist for National Player of the Year, Evans was selected to the USBWA All-District 4 Team and the NABC All-District 11 first team.
Evans leads the Tigers in scoring (16.9 ppg) and steals (65). He is averaging 5.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The eight-time Conference USA Rookie of the Week is ranked among the league leaders in scoring (7th), rebounding (12th), field goal percentage (10th), assists (9th) and steals (2nd).
The Chester, Pa., native is ranked third on the Memphis all-time freshmen steals list with 65 swipes. He is also closing in on the top five on the Tiger all-time freshman scoring chart.
Joining Evans on the FoxSports.com National All-Freshman Team were Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu, Butler's Gordon Hayward, Georgetown's Greg Monroe and Oklahoma's Willie Warren.
Oklahoma's Blake Griffin and Kansas' Bill Self were named the web site's National Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Memphis (28-3, 16-0 C-USA) returns to action in the quarterfinal round of the Conference USA Tournament on Thursday, Mar. 12. The Tigers will meet the East Carolina-Tulane first round winner in the 6 p.m. (CT) quarterfinal game on Thursday.