Paris named USBWA Freshman of the Year

The postseason awards and honors continue to roll in for Sooner center Courtney Paris. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Oklahoma's season may have ended last Saturday in San Antonio, but the 2005-06 awards keep rolling in for Sooner center Courtney Paris.

Paris, who became the first freshman ever to make the Associated Press All-American team, was named the Freshman of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association on Thursday.

"Freshman of the Year is a big deal to me," said Paris in a press release on "It is a sign of my personal success and the impact I had on Oklahoma. As a team, we were able to achieve a lot of things this season and I was able to be a piece of that success."

In addition to earning Freshman of the Year honors, Paris joined Seimone Augustus (LSU), Monique Currie (Duke), Jessica Davenport (Ohio State), Crystal Langhorne (Maryland), Ivory Latta (North Carolina), Candace Parker (Tennessee), Cappie Pondexter, (Rutgers), Candice Wiggins, (Stanford) and Sophia Young (Baylor) on the USBWA All-American team.

Latta was named the USBWA Player of the Year.

Paris is also a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year awards.

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