DURHAM, N.C. – The United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), has announced its 2019 men’s college basketball awards, with Duke freshmen Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett earning first-team All-America honors, and each being named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Trophy Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award.
Williamson and Barrett are the first freshman duo in USBWA history to earn first-team recognition in the same season. They are also the first teammate duo to be named to the first team in the same season since Duke’s J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams in 2006.
Williamson, who was named ACC Player and Freshman of the Year, and the ACC Tournament MVP, is second in the conference and 17th in the nation in points per game with 22.1. He is third in the ACC in rebounding (8.8), while leading the ACC in steals (2.2) and ranked fifth in blocked shots (1.8). Shooting .693 from the field this season, Williamson is tied for the NCAA lead. The Spartanburg, S.C., native is the nation’s only player averaging 20 points and shooting .650 from the field.
Barrett leads the ACC and is 14th nationally in points per game (22.9). The Mississauga, Ontario native is 11th in the conference in rebounds per game (7.5), 10th in field goal percentage (.457), and seventh in assists per game (4.1). He holds both the ACC freshman and Duke freshman single-season scoring record with 779 points this season. Barrett was also named first-team All-ACC, to the ACC All-Freshman Team and to the ACC All-Tournament Team.
Williamson and Barrett join Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis and North Carolina’s Coby White as finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award. The other two finalists for the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Trophy are Tennessee’s Grant Williams and Murray State’s Ja Morant.
The National Player of the Year award will be announced at the Final Four in Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday April 5.
Duke opens up the NCAA Tournament as the overall No. 1-seed and will play the winner of North Carolina Central and North Dakota State on Friday at 7:10 p.m. in Columbia, S.C., in the First Round on CBS.