What is this Wayman Tisdale watch list you speak of?
For starters, it is an actual award. The U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America, of which I'm a member, sent along a press release stating that freshman Khem Birch was named to the watch list for this team made up of the top freshmen in the country.
See the entire list after the jump.
Khem Birch, Pitt
Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
Marquis Teague, Kentucky (noticing a pattern here?)
Bradley Beal, Florida
Chase Behanan, Louisville
Andre Drummond, UConn
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State
Austin Rivers, Duke
Adonis Thomas, Memphis
Josiah Turner, Arizona
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Birch will, I'm convinced, play the minutes to warrant consideration for making some All-Freshman teams by the end of the season. I do believe he'll be a step above the Dante Taylor freshman year experience that was an utter flop, but don't think Birch will contend for any freshmen of the year awards since it doesn't appear as his offensive game will put up those types of numbers.