ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected BYU guard Jimmer Fredette as the winner of the
2010-11 Oscar Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the
National Player of the Year.
The 6-2, 195-pound senior from Glens Falls, N.Y., becomes the
first national player of the year from BYU and just the second from
the Mountain West Conference after Utah's Andrew Bogut won the award
Fredette will be presented with the Oscar Robertson Trophy by
its namesake Oscar Robertson at the USBWA's annual College Basketball
Awards Breakfast on Friday, April 1 at 8 a.m. at The George R. Brown
Convention Center in Houston in conjunction with the NCAA Men's
Final Four. For tickets to the awards breakfast, visit the USBWA
A first-team USBWA All-American and USBWA District VIII Player
of the Year, Fredette was chosen as the national player of the year
from a field of 10 finalists. The Mountain West Player of the Year
led Cougars (32-5) to the Mountain West regular-season championship
and into the Southeast Regional in New Orleans, where they were
eliminated by Florida in overtime.
Fredette leads the nation in scoring with 28.9 points per game
and, in three NCAA tournament games, he averaged 32.7 points. He
also led the team in assists with 4.3 per game and shot 89.4 percent
from the free-throw line. He shattered Danny Ainge's school career
scoring mark, finishing his career with 2,599 points after scoring
a school-record 1,068 points this season.
He had 15 games in which he scored at least 30 points, including
four 40-plus-point games and a 52-point game in the Mountain West
Conference Tournament semifinals on March 11 vs. New Mexico. The
NCAA's active career scoring leader was the Oscar Robertson National
Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 12, 2010.
"Jimmer had an incredible season and was a great teammate and
leader for our team," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "His main focus
throughout the season was to help our team be successful and win
games. Jimmer is a great player and I'm proud of all of his accomplishments."
In addition to the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Henry Iba Award
will be presented to Notre Dame's Mike Brey as the association's national
coach of the year, Rice's Arsalan Kazemi will receive the
Most Courageous Award and Texas coach Rick Barnes will receive the USBWA's
Good Guy Award at the awards breakfast. The legendary University
of Houston "Phi Slama Jama" teams will also be honored on Friday
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership
of the association, which consists of more than 900 journalists.
It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former
player. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's first player
of the year in 1959. The USBWA renamed its player of the year award
the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs,
contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-4325.
• 2011 Oscar Robertson Trophy finalists
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