Congratulations Jimmer! You deserve this award. Good Luck with your NBA career!
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.
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.
PastaYou'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.
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!
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.
Kemba is better.
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.
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
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.
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
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 Jimmer2) He is from Glens Falls3)
He likes hamburgers4) His brother TJ is a rapperPlease do not
disagree with my opinion as I have clearly stated the reasons Jimmer should win
all player of the year awards. Thank you
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.
Re:NakedTruthThank you to the DesNews for letting us express our opinions,
I think Kemba a is better than Jimmer:)
altahoopsExhibition games and games against lower division teams
don't count in the official win/loss record.
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.
I'm going to miss him..."Don't cry because it's over, smile
because it happened!"
SkywalkerGo 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 BluePersonal 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.
Re: PastaYour'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".
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.
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
altahoopsWhat's wrong with recognizing great individual
accomplishment even in a team sport?
Well done Jimmer!!!
altahoopsIt is possible to recognize great individual achievement
even in a team sport:Super Bowl MVPHeisman TrophyCy
Young AwardCollege POYThe 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
@Honor CodeYes!!! 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!
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.
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.
Dyer GaryYour coach is coming from the Nets. They're almost as good
as the Utes are. Good luck trying to beat us.
Why is the Naismith award not being reported by ESPN? It was until
Rick Reilly deleted it.
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.
Why is the Naismith award not being reported by ESPN? After all of their
discussion of Jimmer and the award it seems odd.
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!
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
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
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
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.
Even Utah fans be gushin' and a you, you, you, you all man crushin'!Thanks Jimmer!
Congratulations, Jimmer.I still say Reilly was right.
Congratulations, Jimmer. I am delighted that someone from BYU won the Naismith.
I hope you go on to greater things, kid. Great season, Cougs.
And in a couple of cold, lonely basements in ann arbor and taylorsville a tear
drop splashes onto a keyboard.....
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
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.
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
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!
Way to go Jimmer! I knew you would get it and you will also get the National
player of the year.
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
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!
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!
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
He earned it. Incredible shooting, and passing. Plus, he made the cougars a
much better team through his play. That makes him a winner.
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!!!
Totally awesome! Thank your for a great season!The man, the team,
the coaches, the college and the code! Congratulations to you
@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
Lets see here - I can tell Tre'von Willis and Rick Riely are having nightmares
every day hearing Jimmered!Fantastic Jimmer!
Christopher B and Hegie also send their congratulations for a wonderful season,
and best wishes as you enter the NBA...
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
Yeah! Congrats Jimmer!
Jimmer Fredette The 2011 "CONSENSUS" National Player of the Year.Five of the Six Trophies......Twelve Awards in all.
Congratulations Jimmer. Thanks for a great year!
Congratulations Jimmer Fredette. Now, remember who you are...always!!
Happiness to you and your team and coach and family
Thanks for the memories, Jimmer. You're terrific. And I hope your brother has
success in his music rapping career.
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.
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
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.
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!
Rick Reilly Who?
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.
The Year of the Jimmer continues.Congrats!
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.
Congradulations!!!! to you Jimmer, and the rest of your team.
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.
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
Congratulations, Jimmer! Way to go Cougars! It just doesn't get any better
than this! May Jimmertime last for many years to come!
Well deserved! Congrats Jimmer! It has been wonderful watching you play!
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!!
Congrats Jimmer, well deserved. Good luck in the NBA and in all aspects of your
Looks like BYU may have to add a Jimmer wing to the BYU Hall of Fame.Congrats Jimmer!
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.....
Here's a standing ovation to you Jimmer! Well deserved, congratulations!
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.
THE JIMMER is pleased; the Rickster is not. My day is made.
Sa-weet! Well deserved Jimmer!! Way to represent your team, the game,
Congratulations Jimmer!It was a pleasure watching you Jimmer the
nation this year!