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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tre'Von Willis wouldn't vote Jimmer POY

By Diamond Leung

Jimmer Fredette was named the Mountain West Conference's player of the year, and according to the league's coaches and selected media members, the BYU star was a unanimous selection.

But if rival UNLV guard Tre'Von Willis had a vote, he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he would have given it to a San Diego State player and appeared to take a swipe at Fredette.
"My vote would have been for Kawhi Leonard or maybe D.J. Gay, all-around players who can play defense," Willis said.

Earlier in the season, Willis drew attention from the BYU fan base when he said Fredette was "supposedly" the best player in the conference. Fredette heard about the comment and responded by scoring 39 points in Vegas as Willis tried to guard him.

Many have noted that Fredette's defense is the weakest part of his game. But it wasn't enough to keep any of the conference's voters from picking him for player of the year. Fredette, in fact, the favorite for national player of the year while Willis was selected to the all-conference second-team.

BYU and UNLV open play in the Mountain West Conference tournament Thursday, but they're on opposite sides of the bracket and would only meet in the title game.

One final matchup between Fredette and Willis at the Thomas & Mack might be one to watch.

Eh, forget the qualifier. It would definitely be a must-see.