BYU Cougar guard Jimmer Fredette was named the AP college basketball player of the year today. The nation's leading scorer becomes the first BYU player to receive the honor. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.

A senior guard, Fredette averaged 28.5 points. The Cougars won the regular-season title in the Mountain West Conference and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Fredette received the award Friday. He drew 48 votes from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. The voting was done before the NCAA tournament.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=6280416

UConn's Kemba Walker finished a distant second in voting, followed by Duke's Nolan Smith, and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger. Fredette's honor today comes as a surprise to no one. Jimmer was the front runner for the award since the second month of the regular season.