Wayman Tisdale Watch: Okafor, Russell, Johnson separating as top 3


D’Angelo Russell is now starting to make a push for top frosh with Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. (USATSI)

We have once again teamed up with the INTEGRIS Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, meaning our weekly feature on the best freshman in the country will work hand in hand with the Tisdale committee and the United States Basketball Writers Association. The winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award will be announced in March and presented at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards gala April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Freshman of the Week for Jan. 20-26: Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell.

This was was a no-brainer, in part because Russell, on Monday, took home the CBSSports.com Player of the Week. Russell’s only continuing to get better, too. Did you see what he did last week? Well, first, there was another ridiculously angled and executed bounce pass. This is becoming his “thing” and what a marvelous thing it is. Let’s gander.