You might notice a bit of a change in our Freshman Watch column this season. We have teamed up with the Wayman Tisdale Award, and so our Freshman of the Week is now the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week. And our Freshman of the Year rankings are now the Wayman Tisdale Award Watch. What is the Wayman Tisdale Award? It's selected annually by the United States Basketball Writers Association and given to the best freshman in the country. The award will be announced in March, and handed out in April in Oklahoma City.

Kansas State's Marcus Foster has been knocking on the door for Freshman of the Week honors a few times this season. He had 25 points against Oral Roberts earlier this season, as well as several other impressive outings. However, Foster has been overshadowed at times.

This past week, though, Foster made sure he received the proper recognition. Kansas State had a banner week, knocking off George Washington and Oklahoma State in back-to-back games, a couple of teams that each had one loss going into the week. The Wildcats have now won nine in a row – and much of it had to do with Foster's performance. He averaged 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two games, shooting 12-for-23 from the field.

It started with a New Year's Eve win over George Washington, in which Foster went for 15 points and three rebounds, going 6-for-10 from the field and also dishing out two assists. Over the weekend, the Wildcats followed that up with a 74-71 victory over Oklahoma State – where Foster stepped it up with 17 points and eight rebounds, along with two assists.

Foster has been one of the best freshmen in the country, despite not getting enough attention. He has scored in double-figures in all but two games, and has put up at least 14 points in six of the last seven contests. His efficiency and percentages aren't eye-popping, but he's provided much-needed production for a Kansas State that started off the season just 2-3. With Foster leading the way on the perimeter, the Wildcats have entered the top 25 and are pushing for an upper-half finish in the Big 12.