Frosh Watch: Texas\' Mohamed Bamba Is Proving To Be One Of The Top Five Freshmen

CBS Sports has once again teamed up with the United States Basketball Writers Association and its Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award. Every Tuesday throughout the regular season we post a Freshman of the Week winner in addition to our Frosh Watch, which is a ranking of the top 10 most statistically impressive freshmen in men's Division I college basketball. The feature works hand in hand with the Tisdale committee and the USBWA. The winner of the award will be announced in March, and a ceremony for all USBWA honors will take place in early April. The cycle for Freshman of the Week consideration starts on Tuesdays and ends Monday nights.


Cameron Lard, Iowa State          

The finalists this week for FOTW were in fact a pair of Iowa State players. Lard beat out teammate Lindell Wigginton, who was on the Frosh Watch early in the season. Wigginton averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals -- but also 5.0 turnovers and shot 12 for 31 from the field last week.

Compare that to Lard's performance in ISU's games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma: 20.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 steals on 17 for 28 shooting while averaging 28 minutes. That's your winner. Plus, Lard managed to shoot 7 for 11 from the foul line, which was a bump up for the 53.3 percent free-throw shooter. In ISU's home win against Oklahoma on Saturday, Lard had 19 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and one foul and turnover apiece. 

Against Texas Tech, Lard made 10 of his 11 field-goal attempts.