Entertainer of the Year

The writers for theunofficialreview.com have voted, and their player of the year candidate is, wait for it…Jimmer Fredette! Okay, seeing as though all of us have attended BYU, I don’t think anyone is surprised, but let’s look at why we all voted this way. Each of the other candidates for player of the year is definitely talented and each of them has helped his team to impressive seasons. However, there are several reasons why we selected Jimmer (and not just because we have been smitten with Jimmer Mania). So let’s look at them tête-à-tête.
Out of the four major candidates Jared Sullinger is the only forward, making it difficult to compare him to the other three. He has indeed had an incredible season, more than a dozen double-doubles, a conference championship, and a number one seed. This award has predominately been awarded to forwards the last fifty years, only eight times has it gone to any other player, and four of those times the player doubled as either a guard/forward or forward/center. Considering that this is Sullinger’s debut year I would easily nominate him freshman of the year, but in terms of forwards he doesn’t stick out as much as he has been hyped to. San Diego States Kawhi Leonard has one point less per game, but more rebounds, blocks, steals, and assists per game. JaJuan Johnson from Purdue has posted comparable numbers to both of them.
Nolan Smith and Kemba Walker swapped places half way through the season. Kemba was projected as a candidate for player of the year early on, but lost significance as the season wore on, excepting his performance in the Big East tournament. Nolan Smith on the other hand, was only noteworthy the second half of the season. Both of them had their strengths compared to the other main candidates; Smith had the most assists per game, and Walker had the most steals per game, and both put up more than twenty points per game. However, none of the other candidates come anywhere close to Jimmer’s ppg.
At a whopping 28.8 points per game Jimmer Fredette is the nation’s leading scorer, not to exclude his 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 3.5 rebounds per game. The other Cougars have talent, but nobody stands out more than the Jimmer. After finishing third in the nation in points per game last year, Jimmer contemplated entering the draft, but for the enjoyment of not just BYU fans, but of all college hoops fans, Jimmer came back for the best senior season imaginable. He was voted AP All- American at the beginning of the season, and he has been relevant ever since. Unlike the other players in the race, Jimmer both started and stayed in the conversation for player of the year, and magnified his importance as the season rolled on. And let’s face it, EVERYBODY loves to watch Jimmer play. Whether he is breaking ankles, squeezing between defenders, or launching it two steps past the half court line, Jimmer is the most entertaining player to watch, and linguistically his name has been adapted to every part of speech. Even the opposing teams enjoy watching him. After Jimmer dropped 49 points on Arizona, their head coach gave him a hug. When Jimmer hit a half court shot and finished with 47 points in Utah, the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Don’t forget this kid came out of high school a two star recruit, and came off the bench his freshman year. Not only is he our player of the year, we thank him for coming back and giving us something to watch in college basketball this year.


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