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October 20, 2011

Turner on Freshman of the Year watch list

The University of Arizona's Josiah Turner was included on the Wayman Tisdale Award preseason watch list, the United States Basketball Writers Association announced Thursday.

Turner, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound guard from Sacramento, Calif., was one of 12 first-year players in contention for national freshman-of-the-year honors. The watch list also included Bradley Beal (Florida), Chane Behanan (Louisville), Khem Birch (Pittsburgh), Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Andre Drummond (Connecticut), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky), Le'Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State), Austin Rivers (Duke), Marquis Teague (Kentucky), Adonis Thomas (Memphis) and Cody Zeller (Indiana).

The USBWA has given out a freshman-of-the-year award since 1988-89. Last season, it was renamed in honor of the late Wayman Tisdale.

The 16th-ranked Wildcats open the 2010-11 season with the annual Red-Blue Game on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. PDT in McKale Center. The regular season opener vs. Valparaiso is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.


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