The national player of the year race has been fun this year, with two New York guards going at it from opposite coasts.
Most recently, we saw BYU's Jimmer Fredette hang 47 points on rival Utah and then UConn's Kemba Walker respond by dropping 31 on DePaul and hitting the game-winning floater in a showdown against Villanova.
Fredette said today he follows Walker and that the two met over the summer in Las Vegas while training together on the USA Select Team against the national team that went on to win the FIBA world championship.
While testing himself against guards like Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups and Stephen Curry, Fredette also got to talk a little bit with Walker.
The small-town Glens Falls native Fredette at that point had already heard plenty about his Bronx counterpart who was a McDonald's All-American and played for the star-studded New York Gauchos AAU program.
"He was a very good player, very highly recruited through AAU and high school," Fredette said. "I'm not sure if he heard too much about me because I was upstate."
Fredette said that he is more focused on the season rather than any national player of the year talk, but also noted that the success of both their teams would tie into their chances at the award.
"You know it's out there," Fredette said. "It's something you can't really worry about. We're in conference play, and I'm sure he's worried about trying to get victories and win games."