Local college basketball junkies have a unique opportunity to take in both the NCAA Tournament at the Pepsi Center and NIT action at the Coors Events Center this week.
My vote for the Associated Press national player of the year is Jimmer Fredette. As a Wyoming fan growing up, I admit to having a bias against Brigham Young University.
Yet I still love everything Jimmer.
I also included Alec Burks on my All-American teams. Colorado fans and Big 12 foes know this kid is a special talent. I’m not sure how many voters on the East Coast are even aware of Alec though.
Here were my votes:
Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Kemba Walker (UCONN), Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State), Marcus Morris (Kansas), Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
Ben Hansbrough (Notre Dame), Nolan Smith (Duke), Alec Burks (Colorado), Jordan Hamilton (Texas), Derrick Williams (Arizona).
JaJuan Johnson (Purdue), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin), Kenneth Faried (Morehead State), Kyle Singler (Duke).
Player of the year – Jimmer Fredette, BYU
Coach of the year – Steve Fisher, San Diego State