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Will Jimmer win the Wooden Award?

Published: Friday, April 8 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

BYU's Jimmer Fredette, left, and Notre Dame's Mike Brey pose for a photo at a news conference Friday, April 1, 2011, in Houston. Fredette is AP player of the year while Brey was selected AP coach of the year.

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BYU's Jimmer Fredette has already won the Naismith, Oscar Robertson, Adolph Rupp, National Association of Basketball Coaches and Associated Press national-player-of-the-year awards.

Tonight, Fredette is a finalist for yet another prestigious accolade, and the one that many people consider the granddaddy of them all — The John R. Wooden Award, named after legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. Fredette is in Los Angeles today for the presentation of the award by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Fredette's biggest challenger for the honor is expected to be Kemba Walker, who guided Connecticut to the national championship on Monday. Voters of the Wooden Award had until the weekend before the Final Four to cast their ballots. The Los Angeles Daily News says Fredette and Walker "bring star power" to the award ceremony.

The John R. Wooden Gala, which begins at 7 p.m. PT, will be streamed live from The Los Angeles Athletic Club. You can watch it here tonight.

Fredette is aiming to become just the second Cougar to win the Wooden Award. Danny Ainge was the Wooden Award winner in 1981.

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