BYU's Jimmer Fredette wins Adolph Rupp Award, makes Wooden All-America team
Another college basketball National Player of the Year award has been bestowed upon BYU guard Jimmer Fredette. The Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky has selected Fredette as the winner of the 2011 Adolph Rupp Award, presented annually to the best player in college basketball. Fredette is the first winner from BYU, and the first from the Mountain West Conference. The club also named San Diego State coach Steve Fisher the winner of its annual Rupp Cup, which goes to the top coach in college basketball. Also Wednesday, the Reese's All-Star Game to be played Friday night in Houston announced its rosters. Fredette is not playing in the game. Utah State's Tai Wesley and SDSU's Malcolm Thomas will play for the West All-Stars. The game will be televised on TruTV. Fredette will receive the Rupp trophy on Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston. The press conference and awards presentation are open to the public. "It is always a joy to watch a player of Fredette's caliber play, and we're pleased this year that his selection marks the first ever winner from both BYU and the MWC," said club spokesperson Gerry Calvert. "Jimmer's obvious dedication and work ethic are the hallmarks of what Coach Rupp demanded from his players."
Also Wednesday, Fredette was named to the 2011 John R. Wooden All-American team. He's the first BYU player to make the Wooden All-American team since Devin Durrant in 1984. Danny Ainge won the Wooden Award as college basketball's national player of the year in 1981.
This year's Wooden Award winner will be announced at a gala in Los Angeles on April 8.
Fredette is the only player returning from the 2010 Wooden Award ballot on the men's side. The 10-player team also includes SDSU's Kawhi Leonard and UConn's Kemba Walker, among others.
Fredette is the only player returning from the 2010 Wooden Award ballot on the men's side.