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Wiggins gives KU a trifecta in national freshman weekly honor

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ST. LOUIS - Kansas freshman guard Andrew Wiggins claimed the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week award, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced Tuesday. Wiggins was selected by CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello, in partnership with the USBWA.

Wiggins becomes the third-straight KU freshman to earn the national accolade as guard Wayne Selden, Jr., was named Jan. 14, and center Joel Embiid on Jan. 21.

Wiggins had two double-figure scoring efforts as the Jayhawks extended their win streak to six games with victories over Baylor (78-68) and at TCU (91-69). The Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, guard averaged 22.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 55.0 percent. He opened the week with 17 points against the Bears, including 11 points in the second half. Wiggins was then the main catalyst versus the Frogs with a career-best 27 points, including 19 in the first half. He also made 19-of-22 (.864) from the free throw line on the week and leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring with 15.8 points per game.

In addition to the KU trio earning the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week honor, Kansas junior Naadir Tharpe was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week Jan. 20.

No. 6 Kansas (15-4, 6-0) will play host to No. 16 Iowa State (15-3, 3-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. (Central) on ESPNU.

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