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Jimmer Fredette wins 2011 Naismith Award and NABC award

Published April 4, 2011 11:26 am

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BYU's Jimmer Fredette is now 5 for 5 as far as national player of the year awards go in 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., received 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 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.

Perhaps the most prestigious player of the year honor, the John R. Wooden Award, will be announced Friday at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in California.

If Fredette wins that award, he will be considered the consensus player of the year.

Fredette led the nation in scoring with a 28.5 average and helped the Cougars go 32-5, the best season by winning percentage and total wins in school history.

On Thursday night, Fredette received the Rupp Award from the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky. He was named the AP Player of the Year on Friday.

drew@sltrib.com