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BYU basketball: Jimmer Fredette named Naismith Award winner, NABC national player of the year

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  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 3, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    Congratulations Jimmer!

    It was a pleasure watching you Jimmer the nation this year!

  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    April 3, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    Sa-weet! Well deserved Jimmer!! Way to represent your team, the game, yourself...Awesome!

  • urroner Titusville, fl
    April 3, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    THE JIMMER is pleased; the Rickster is not. My day is made.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    April 3, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    Ah.. another National Player of the year award in basketball to go with a Heisman and a National Championship Trophy in football. Now trolls....just get up and make the 40 minute drive down to Provo and you can see what one of those things looks like for yourself.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    April 3, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Here's a standing ovation to you Jimmer! Well deserved, congratulations!

  • Silly Rabbit Magna, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    As a U fan and not a Y fan, it has been fun to read about BYU basketball this season, the only games I watched were the tournament games and Fredette was fun to watch even when they lost that last game, he is a wildcard thats for sure, he will do well at the next level. Good for him, his hard work has paid off.....

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    Looks like BYU may have to add a Jimmer wing to the BYU Hall of Fame.

    Congrats Jimmer!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    Congrats Jimmer, well deserved. Good luck in the NBA and in all aspects of your life.

  • Xbalanque DC, VA
    April 3, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Way to go Jimmer! This is so well deserved...you are a superb role model of hard work, persistance, and determination. Thanks for the best season!!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 3, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Well deserved! Congrats Jimmer! It has been wonderful watching you play!

  • Fibonacci Centerville, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Awesome!

  • cgbyu Tooele, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Congratulations, Jimmer! Way to go Cougars! It just doesn't get any better than this! May Jimmertime last for many years to come!

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    Well deserved and a very good choice in spite of the hype Kemba Walker was recently receiving. It shows that the voters looked at the entire season and what the player did for the team. Congratulations Jimmer. I hope you do well in the NBA.

  • Dick of the NW Bainbridge Island, Washington
    April 3, 2011 8:15 p.m.

    Great prestige for this fine young man. With all the accolades Jimmer has received I hope he will handle it with the same dignity as he has on the court. If the Jazz don't draft him now, they will be missing an opportunity that won't come their way again. The best to the Jimmer and may he enjoy his after school journey which is starting.

  • bballjunkie Cedar Hills, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Congradulations!!!! to you Jimmer, and the rest of your team.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    Rick Reilly must be beside himself. It will be interesting to see what he has to say about this tomorrow. If he's a man, he'll eat crow for his earlier article dissing Fredette. If he isn't...well...he's Rick Reilly.

  • What Yeah Centerville, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    The Year of the Jimmer continues.
    Congrats!

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    April 3, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    Congrats to the Cougars this year and Jimmer's latest award! Just tuck that next to Detmer's Heisman. Congratulations on all the hard work and determination. I don't think I'll ever see another player guarded like Jimmer was the second half of the year. At least the emergency room had a lot of business this year with busted ankles and swallowed whistles.

  • Cougs Rule Murray, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Rick Reilly Who?

  • 93 COUGAR Orem, UT
    April 3, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    Man this is a great year to be a BYU Cougar fan.

    Jimmermania lives on and now we have a great football season with some great opponents to look forward to.

    Thanks to the players, coaches and admins for making it a great year.

    Go Cougars!

  • Mick Murray, Utah
    April 3, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Congrats to Jimmer. You are a clas act in more than one way! Even my 4 year old niece can recognize great talent. She is a big Jimmer fan. Thanks for such a fun year.

  • Wahanassatta Ogden, Utah
    April 3, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    Groovy!!!!!!!!

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    April 3, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    Has anyone else ever dominated the awards like Jimmer. Great honor, he deserved it. No matter what happens at the next level, these awards are about the college experience. Congrats.

  • SeattleUhasabballteam? Seattle, Wa
    April 3, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    Congrats Jimmer!

  • goodDr. sandy, UT
    April 3, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    rick r and colin must not hold much sway with the voters for this award, thankfully. Good job Jimmer. Now go prove all those who say you can't play in the NBA wrong also.

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 3, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Thanks for the memories, Jimmer. You're terrific. And I hope your brother has success in his music rapping career.

  • dryforkcreek Vernal, UT
    April 3, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    Congratulations Jimmer Fredette. Now, remember who you are...always!! Happiness to you and your team and coach and family

  • Jazz2Win Provo, UT
    April 3, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Congratulations Jimmer. Thanks for a great year!

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    April 3, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    Jimmer Fredette The 2011 "CONSENSUS" National Player of the Year.

    Five of the Six Trophies......

    Twelve Awards in all.

  • Andy Tomasso Layton, UT
    April 3, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    Yeah! Congrats Jimmer!

  • MotherofFour Springville, UT
    April 3, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    Congrats Jimmer! Thanks for choosing Provo and representing the Cougar Nation so well! We are proud of you and wish you all the best in the years ahead!

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    April 3, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    Jimmer was great before the loss of our best big man. Then he was great after the loss of our best big man. He was great before the referees decided to see what he could do without the free throw line. Then he was great after the referees decided to see what he could do without the free throw line. It is a sign of great character to perform right through adversity. We all love Jimmer Fredette. We are glad that the nation's basketball establishment appreciates him too.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    April 3, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    I couldn't be more happy for Jimmer and for BYU fans everywhere.

    This indeed was the year of the Jimmer!

    Linus 10:46 I agreed with every word you said.

    Go Cougars!

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    April 3, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    Whether or not he wins the Wooden award next week, which he probably will, it is incredible what he has accomplished and the way he has dominated every award that he could possibly receive. How can anyone not acknowledge this in the face of the rest of the nation and virtually all recognized sports authorities from coaches to sportscasters? This truly amazing.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    April 4, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    Thanks Jimmer.

    You made the season, and home games at the MC relevant this year.

    Still love the attitude when you dropped the half-court shot on the Utes.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    April 4, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    Christopher B and Hegie also send their congratulations for a wonderful season, and best wishes as you enter the NBA...

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 4, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    Lets see here - I can tell Tre'von Willis and Rick Riely are having nightmares every day hearing Jimmered!

    Fantastic Jimmer!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    April 4, 2011 3:07 a.m.

    @Linus
    You hit it right on the head. Everyone tried to stop him but nobody could. I'm not so sure that consideration shouldn't be given for giving Jimmer a best running back in college basketball award as well. The way every defense he faced swarmed in on him and were smothering him...and he still managed to slip through as well as draw so much coverage that it opened up the easy shot for the other four players. Drawing such intense coverage for each of those easy shots was easily just as good and significant as if he had passed the ball for an assist. I don't think anyone before or anyone again will ever see one player make 51 point from the field and only 1 point from one lone trip to the foul line, in a major college game with two opponents as equally matched as the 3rd BYU-New Mexico game in the MWC tournament. That has to be the game where most everyone who may have had doubts were converted to the reality that he is the true Player Of The Year. Even the refs couldn't deny him his place in history

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 4, 2011 4:39 a.m.

    Totally awesome! Thank your for a great season!

    The man, the team, the coaches, the college and the code!

    Congratulations to you Jimmer!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    April 4, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    The one POY award that Jimmer didn't get was the most controversial. The one where Eastern bias was so blantantly obvious that it isn't funny. Jason King did everything he could to ensure that Yahoo Sports Player of the Year Award did not go to Jimmer Fredette. First Duke's freshman Kyrie Erving was Yahoo's golden boy...until he was lost to injury after Duke was 8-0. Then it was UConn's Kemba Walker until he and the Huskies went on a 5 game losing streak. After the Walker slump King started grasping anywhere in the Big East for someone to champion...barely even mentioning Jimmer. King even went with Ohio State's Jared Sullinger ...for about a week. He was obviously struggling to find anyone...but Jimmer Fredette. Finally in his extremely premature March 7th Yahoo Sports All American Team selection article... Duke's Nolan Smith... which according to King should be no surprise to anyone...was selected as Yahoo Sports Player of the Year...supposedly edging out BYU's Jimmer Fredette and Ohio's State's Jared Sullinger. King didn't even mention his own Big East personal preference in Kemba Walker!!!

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    April 4, 2011 6:30 a.m.

    He earned it. Incredible shooting, and passing. Plus, he made the cougars a much better team through his play. That makes him a winner.

  • Annie's mom Kearns, UT
    April 4, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    Because of Jimmer's incredible -- and often almost unbelievable -- style of play, my favorite part was listening to the TV commentators who were not local showing their amazement about how he played.

    Thanks, Jimmer, for making it so much fun to watch you. I'm anxious to see where you'll end up in the NBA.

  • Chad S Derby, KS
    April 4, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    In fairness, Rick Reilly never said Jimmer wasn't a good college player (though he did call his talented team mates pizza delivery guys). He said he won't be an all-star NBA player. Of course, all the scouts thought the same about Nash. NBA talent is very difficult to predict, so I'm not sure why he thinks Jimmer's work ethic won't translate to the pros a'la Austin Collie.

    Congrats Jimmer! The Cougar Club should start taking donations now to create the Jimmer wing of the BYU sports Hall of Fame!

  • Wldflwr Lehi, UT
    April 4, 2011 7:33 a.m.

    Jimmer got Naismith'd! Way to go Jimmer. What a year and so much fun for your fans everywhere.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Dyer Gary Bountiful, UT
    April 4, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    enjoy jimmer this year.he has played his last game for byu & it is back to realty for byu fans.Utah has a new coach
    & will be back to it's winning ways.

  • Julianne North Salt Lake, UT
    April 4, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    Way to go Jimmer! I knew you would get it and you will also get the National player of the year.

  • Unbelievable West Jordan, Utah
    April 4, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    The Jimmer Jammer prevailed, yet again, despite ESPN and Rick Rielly leaving that badly 'shanked' article up on their home page, for weeks, in a blatant attempt to discredit him and his 'all world' accomplishments. Didn't work boys.

    The Nation has spoken!

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    April 4, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    RE: Wldflwr

    "Jimmer got Naismith'd!"

    What?! Haven't you learned anything in the last six months? Jimmer doesn't get anythinged... ever. Naismith got Jimmer'd, plain and simple. Tre'von, how are your ankles? I hope the swelling has gone down. Congratulations Jimmer and Go Cougs!

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 4, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    Dyer Gary

    "Utah has a new coach & will be back to it's winning ways."

    Who cares?

    This is an article about Jimmer's multiple POY awards this year.

    Folks on the hill need to get over their little brother syndrome of comparing everything they do to BYU. If the U is really a "big time" program now, why would its fans care about the "small time" program that they must live in the shadow of?

    Congrats Jimmer on a great season!

    Have fun in the NBA and prove the naysayers wrong once again.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    April 4, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    There may never be another like you. Thank you, Jimmer. It has been one heck of a ride. You have single handedly made BYU Basketball relevent again and now the program is thriving and picking up top recruits left and right.

    I will never forget some of the games I saw in person. I saw you torch UNLV, crush Arizona, and completely "Jimmer" Utah. It will be some basketball I will tell my children and grandchild about.

    Congrats on all the awards and personal recognition. It will be fun to see where you end up. I wouldnt be surprised if that ends up being 40 miles up the street from the MC. And the way the Jazz are struggling right now, it would be nice to have a guy that can shoot.

    Wherever you end up, I will be a fan for life. Good luck, Jimmer!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 4, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    And in a couple of cold, lonely basements in ann arbor and taylorsville a tear drop splashes onto a keyboard.....

  • Skeezx Sacramento, CA
    April 4, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    Congratulations, Jimmer. I am delighted that someone from BYU won the Naismith. I hope you go on to greater things, kid. Great season, Cougs.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    April 4, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    Congratulations, Jimmer.

    I still say Reilly was right.

  • Cosmo Springville, UT
    April 4, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    Even Utah fans be gushin' and a you, you, you, you all man crushin'!

    Thanks Jimmer!

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    April 4, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    Over Rated!!!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    April 4, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Y Ask Y | 9:36 a.m. April 4, 2011
    Provo, UT
    Congratulations, Jimmer.

    I still say Reilly was right.
    ===

    That makes 5 people.

    Thanks for voting.

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    April 4, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    Congrats on this great honor, Jimmer!

    I'd love to see you stand up when you accept the award and not make the usual passing comment about your coaches and teammates. I'd love to see you stop and emphasize how vital each player was on your team, how each player fulfilled the role they were asked to fulfill, including yourself, and how that resulted in the success of the team this year. And then maybe a comment about how individual awards in a team sport seem a little oxymoronic, but that you respect the tradition and appreciate the consideration.

  • Jealous U Alpine, UT
    April 4, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    There will always be a few jealous types who refuse to recognize greatness. In the end, their self-serving, biased opinions are nothing but background noise.

    Jimmer had a phenominal season and his half-court buzzer beater in his final appearance at the HC will live forever in BYU-Utah basketball lore.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    April 4, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    altahoops

    "And then maybe a comment about how individual awards in a team sport seem a little oxymoronic,..."

    Until you've dedicated the years and years of hard work necessary to develop the skills to win a national award of your own, you're in no position to be lecturing a player who has.

  • goinfishn Orem, Utah
    April 4, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Congratulations, Jimmer. What a great year to be a cougar fan. The future for BYU looks great. Coach Rose and his staff are great. Now I look forward to a good summer of fishn and then BYU Football. Go Cougars!

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    April 4, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Why is the Naismith award not being reported by ESPN? After all of their discussion of Jimmer and the award it seems odd.

  • Give Me A Break Pullman, WA
    April 4, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    FAN-tastic. Jimmer had a great year and made a whole lot of people take notice. They took notice because basketball became fun to watch again when he was playing. I just want to say how sorry we are that those who didn't like Jimmer didn't like Jimmer. To the rest of us, he was without rival as the most valuable and most important player in college basketball this year. Yea baby.

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    April 4, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    Why is the Naismith award not being reported by ESPN?

    It was until Rick Reilly deleted it.

  • Bbaker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 4, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    Dyer Gary

    Your coach is coming from the Nets. They're almost as good as the Utes are. Good luck trying to beat us.

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    April 4, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    Skywalker,

    Who was lecturing him? I was just voicing what I wish he would say. It would just be nice to hear him (or anyone) sincerely acknowledge that individual awards pale in comparison to team championships. Would Jimmer trade a national championship ring for the Naismith Award? I don't think he would.

    Furthermore, and I'm not knocking Jimmer in the least (I love the guy; think he's great), but in a team sport, no one person can win alone. To me, individual awards for team sports contribute to the "Me" attitude that makes some college sports and the NBA unwatchable. BYU didn't win 34 basketball games this year because Jimmer carried the team single-handedly. BYU won 34 basketball games this year because each player on the floor trusted in the coaches and played the role they were asked to play, including Jimmer.

    Again, not a knock on Jimmer; more a knock on the system.

  • edv71 gloversville, ny
    April 4, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Way to go Jimmer, upstate New York is proud of it's native son, the Foothills council has produced the best college player in the nation we are pumped to see you tear them up in the NBA.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    April 4, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    @Honor Code

    Yes!!! Over Rated by EVERYONE who matters. Take a poll of announcers, spectators, players, coaches - all will say JIMMER WAS AMAZING!!

    When the whole world says one thing and you say another, maybe you need to take a look inside and see why you can't admit what's goin' on!

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    April 4, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    altahoops

    It is possible to recognize great individual achievement even in a team sport:

    Super Bowl MVP
    Heisman Trophy
    Cy Young Award
    College POY

    The list goes on and on.

    EVERY team in EVERY sport keeps a list of team records AND individual records. The two are complimentary, not exclusive.

    Just because Jimmer is being recognized for his individual achievements, doesn't mean he doesn't fully appreciate the contributions of his teammates who made his individual success possible, in fact, Jimmer has always mentioned his teammates and coaches every time he's been recognized individually.

    btw, BYU won 32 games this year. One of the main reasons BYU isn't still playing is because Jimmer couldn't carry the team on his back -- the loss of Brandon Davies and Chris Collinsworth probably cost BYU a chance at the Final Four, and maybe even a chance at the national championship. Unfortunately, we'll never know what BYU could have accomplished if they'd had all of their players available for the MWC and NCAA tournaments.

  • treecaps22 Charlotte, North Carolina
    April 4, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    Well done Jimmer!!!

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    April 4, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    altahoops

    What's wrong with recognizing great individual accomplishment even in a team sport?

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 4, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    Well deserved Jimmer; Once in a generation college player.
    It is comical to read comments from the three blind trolls who can't seem to admit they got Jimmered.

  • Pasta Cedar City, Ut
    April 4, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    I think Kemba Walker deserves it, he's playing for a national title and can play defense, Jimmer is good offensively but Kemba Walker will have more of an impact in the NBA.

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 4, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    Re: Pasta

    Your's is such a tired argument. Who cares if he does or doesn't make it in the NBA. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't. So what! The award doesn't go to the "best collegiate player mostly likely to make an impact in the NBA".

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    April 4, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    Skywalker

    Go count the W's on the Cougar's Schedule page. There are 34 of them. Maybe you don't count the Laval and BYU-Hawaii wins. But they played the games and won them. I count them as wins.

    True Blue

    Personal preference, I guess. I see too many athletes aspiring to these kinds of individual awards at the expense of their team. To me, individual awards in a team sport setting are counterproductive to the concept of team. I would say Jimmer did it the right way, focused on winning games and playing his role and it resulted in a lot of individual recognition. Too often, that isn't the case. I'd be happy if there weren't any individual awards. One guy's opinion.

  • tantheman Lindon, UT
    April 4, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    I'm going to miss him...

    "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened!"

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 4, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    I think the official announcement is supposed to be tonight at halftime of the game. That might be why the major sports media have not reported on it yet.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    altahoops

    Exhibition games and games against lower division teams don't count in the official win/loss record.

  • Pasta Cedar City, Ut
    April 4, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    Re:NakedTruth
    Thank you to the DesNews for letting us express our opinions, I think Kemba a is better than Jimmer:)

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 4, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    Re: Pasta,

    And I respect your opinion. You don't have to agree with me that Jimmer deserves POY. But please, don't use irrelevant facts or opinions to support your argument. Your criteria for the NCAA POY to be a legitimate NBA talent is not a criteria for the rest of us. If that were the case, we'd have to go back and strip the award retroactively from the likes of Danny Manning, Christian Laettner, Lionel Simmons, Calbert Chaney, Jason Williams and T.J. Ford, just to name a few.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    April 4, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    Pasta,

    Agreed, everyone should be able to express their opinion. However, it is preferible when an opinion is based on a logical set of facts.

    For example, if your opinion had been based on facts such as

    "the player of the year plays for the national championship"
    "the player of the year will have the greatest NBA career"

    your opinion would have made a lot of sense.

    Unfortunately, the player of the year is given to the best college basketball player, with relatively little regard to who is playing in the national championship game and zero regard to NBA propects.

    But yes, I too am glad that illogical and unbased opinions are protected by the Deseret News.

    Allow me...

    I think Jimmer should win the player of the year because:

    1) His name is Jimmer
    2) He is from Glens Falls
    3) He likes hamburgers
    4) His brother TJ is a rapper

    Please do not disagree with my opinion as I have clearly stated the reasons Jimmer should win all player of the year awards.

    Thank you

  • edv71 gloversville, ny
    April 4, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    ESPN is still not reporting on Jimmers Naismith award, maybe Reilly is pleading for mercy.I guess the clown is accepting he just got Jimmered.The highest award in college basketball goes to the guy that this big shot reporter dissed.Ha Ha!!!

  • BYU/Jazz fan West Valley, UT
    April 4, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    Kemba scores only 16 points in the biggest game of his life on 5 of 19, 0 for 4 from 3 point, and 6 points coming from the free throw line? Yeah, sure sounds like a better player than Jimmer.....

    Jimmer: 12-30 pt games, 3-40 pt games, and 1 50 pt. game while shooting .452 FG %, .894 FT %, and .396 3pt %.
    Kemba: 10- 30 pt games, 1- 40 pt games, and 0 50 pt games while shooting .432 FG %, .818 FT %, and .336 3pt %.

    Jimmer not only has better stats overall than Kemba while averaging less minutes but has certainly faced more double and tripple teams while the refs let him get hacked on a nightly basis.

    Jimmer vs Kemba? No contest- Jimmer in a land slide.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    April 4, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    In 6 NCAA games, Kemba was 11-38 (28.9%) 3PT, 141 total points (23.5 ppg)

    In 3 NCAA games, Jimmer was 12-36 (33.3%) 3PT, 98 total points (32.7 ppg)

    Kemba simply had a stronger supporting cast; Jimmer is the better player.

  • UtahManDan Providence, UT
    April 5, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    Kemba Walker lead his team to a national championship. Jimmer Fredette got himself the top individual honor. I think both couldn't be more satisfied.

  • Pasta Cedar City, Ut
    April 5, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    Kemba is better.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    April 5, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    What a wonderful young man. He deserves these accolades.

    Rick Reilley is not right. In my opinion when it came to his remarks about Jimmer I think he is in left field.

    To think that they came one basket short of going to the Elite 8.

    This should be great for BYU recruiting.

    It indeed has been a wonderful year for the Cougars.

  • DodgerDoug Salem, UT
    April 5, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    Who knows what the next level will hold for Jimmer but for me this WAS the most exciting player I have ever seen at any level for a long time!!! Thanks for the memories Jimmer and here's to wishing you a long and healthy NBA career!

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    April 5, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Pasta

    You're welcome to your opinion and to establish your own personal criteria for who's better, but you're in the distinct minority.

    Jimmer has now won the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Associated Press Player of the Year award, the Adolph Rupp Award, Naismith Award and the NABC honor. All five are given annually to the top player in college basketball.

  • edv71 gloversville, ny
    April 5, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    Can anybody tell me if ESPN has even mentioned this award I get up at 5:00 AM ET.for work I checked then and heard nothing,no scroll at the bottom of the page, nothing.I've checked since 2:00 PM.still nothing.All is I've heard is about the worst national championship game I have ever watched.Jimmer alone could of nearly out scored these two teams.Kemba is good but not great,except for the chest pounding he's the best I've seen at that.

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    IMO, BYU without Jimmer but with Davies beats UConn without Kemba, but these are all regular season awards so Jimmer clearly deserves them. If conf & NCAA tourneys are included it's Kemba in a landslide.

    Who'll be the better pro? Wait & see.

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    April 5, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    Congratulations Jimmer! You deserve this award. Good Luck with your NBA career!