THE KYLE MACY AWARD

Ohio State's Malaki Branham is the recipient of the 2022 Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year award, which is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball.

April 1, 2022

MALAKI BRANHAM WINS 2022 AWARD

NEW ORLEANS, LA --- Ohio State’s Malaki Branham is the winner of the 2022 Kyle Macy Award, presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball.

Branham averaged 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists for Ohio State, which finished 20-12 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Branham hit 53 percent of 2-pointers, 41 percent of 3-pointers and 83 percent of free throws. He scored 23 points in the Buckeyes’ NCAA loss to Villanova and had a pair of 30-point efforts in Big 10 competition.

The 6-5 guard, who is a native of Columbus, Ohio, opened the new year with a career-best 35 points against Nebraska and averaged over 20 points per game over the final 10 games of the season.

The Kyle Macy Award, which is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball, is named for a guard who starred as a freshman for Purdue.

The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" played his freshman season at Purdue University, averaging 13.8 points per game while leading the Boilermakers in free throws (85.9 percent for the season). He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record.

After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

2021-22 KYLE MACY FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Taran Armstrong

G

California Baptist

 

Zack Austin

F

High Point

 

Paolo Banchero

F

Duke

 

MALAKI BRANHAM

G

OHIO STATE

 

Paul Bruns

G

North Dakota

 

Kennedy Chandler

G

Tennessee

 

Jyare Davis

F

Delaware

 

Tyson Degenhart

F

Boise State

 

Tucker DeVries

F

Drake

 

Jalen Duren

C

Memphis

 

Jordan Gainey                        

G

USC Upstate

 

A.J. Griffin

G

Duke

 

Elijah Hawkins

G

Howard

 

Chet Holmgren

F

Gonzaga

 

Tyrese Hunter

G

Iowa State

 

Jao Ituka

G

Marist

 

Denver Jones

G

FIU

 

Kino Lilly Jr.

G

Brown

 

Frances Nwaokorie

F

UC San Diego

 

Jabari Smith

F

Auburn

 

Reyne Smith

G

Charleston

 

Payton Sparks

F

Ball State

 

Ray’Sean Taylor

G

SIU Edwardsville

 

Fousseni Traore

F

BYU

 

Sam Vinson

G

Northern Kentucky

 

Ty Ty Washington

G

Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Due to a tie in the voting there are 26 players on the team.

 

The Kyle Macy Award, which is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball, is named for a guard who starred as a freshman for Purdue.
 
The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" played his freshman season at Purdue University, averaging 13.8 points per game while leading the Boilermakers in free throws (85.9 percent for the season). He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record.
 
After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.

The Kyle Macy award committee is a 15 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members. Former Kentucky All-American Kyle Macy is the chairman of the awards committee. 
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman player in division I college basketball, as voted on by the award committee. 
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
March: Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team announced
March 30: Kyle Macy National Coach of the Year announced
 
AWARD PRESENTATION
 
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
 
The 2018 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet will take place on March 30 in San Antonio, TX
 
 

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