Let’s call it a SWEEP!
Jimmer Fredette is now 5 for 5, winning all the national player of the year awards in 2011 men’s college basketball.
Sunday night, Fredette was selected as the winner of the Naismith Award by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, and the winner of the Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
The 6-foot-2 senior guard from Glens Falls, N.Y. won both awards in Houston, where he is attending events and ceremonies in conjunction with the Final Four games.
Fredette is BYU’s first-ever winner of the Naismith Award. He’s the second winner of the NABC honor, joining Danny Ainge, who won in 1981.
Fredette has now won the the following awards:
- The Oscar Robertson Trophy
- The Associated Press Player of the Year award
- The Adolph Rupp Award
- The Naismith Award
- The NABC honor.
All five of these prestigious awards are given annually to the top player in college basketball.
“What’s left to win?” you might ask. What some say to be the most prestigious player of the year honor: the John R. Wooden Award. This award will be announced Friday at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in California.
If WHEN Fredette wins that award, he will be considered the consensus player of the year. And let’s be honest – will it really be a surprise to anyone?
Here are some reasons why Jimmer is the Consensus Player of the Year in our book:
- Fredette led the nation in scoring with a 28.5 average
- Fredette helped the Cougars go 32-5, the best season by winning percentage and total wins in school history.
- Fredette took his team to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 30 years.
- Fredette helped BYU win it’s 3 regular season title in the last 4 years.
- Fredette was named to the Pre-Season All-American Team.
- Fredette was named to the 1st Team All-American Team at the end of the season.
Are there really any reasons you can think of that he SHOULDN’T be the Consensus Player of the Year?