Jimmer Fredette: BYU Legend Fredette Takes Home Wooden Award
Jimmer Fredette Wins College Basketball Player of the Year
Turns out that college basketball's leading scorer in the 2010-2011 season scored in voters' minds too.
BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, who averaged 28.9 points this season, was rewarded the Wooden Award on Friday by John Wooden's son, Jim.
Fredette received 3,761 points in voting by nearly 1,000 media members, squeaking past Connecticut star Kemba Walker (3,356).
Because the voting ended right after the regional finals in the NCAA Tournament, Walker's championship wasn't part of the equation.
Regardless, Fredette had an unbelievable season this year and is deserving of the award, collecting his sixth national player of the year award.
Via the LA Times:
"I have a pretty small house in New York," Fredette said, "so I don't even know if we're going to be able to fit them all in. We might have to put them outside in a case or something."
Fredette carried the Cougars on his back all season, especially when forward Brandon Davies was suspended for the rest of the year.
Without very much else, he led the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament victories, including a 89-67 blowout of a solid Gonzaga team.
He was one of college basketball's true MVPs, in that he was more valuable to his team than any one else beyond Walker.
As he enters the 2011 NBA Draft, he will probably be the third guard selected, behind Duke's Kyrie Irving and Walker.
He has certainly shown he can put the world on his shoulders.
Next stop: The Big Stage.
For a look at what the NBA draft experts are saying about the BYU star, go here.
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