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Friday, June 24, 2011
Jimmer and Kemba nominated for ESPYs

By Diamond Leung

Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker will face off once again on the awards circuit, as the two were among the nominees for the ESPY for best male college athlete.

It was Fredette who swept the national player of the year awards after his senior season at BYU in which he led the nation in scoring. But Walker was the one who won a national championship with UConn. They'll be in competition with Auburn quarterback Cam Newton for the ESPY.

Walker's coach, Jim Calhoun, was also nominated for the ESPY going to the best coach/manager.

Butler's wild NCAA tournament win against top-seeded Pittsburgh was nominated for best game.

VCU's run to the Final Four was nominated for best upset after they defeated USC, Purdue, Georgetown, Florida State and Kansas. Rams coach Shaka Smart along with players Joey Rodriguez, Jamie Skeen, Ed Nixon and Brandon Rozzell are planning on attending the awards ceremony in Los Angeles in July.

"This is just a really cool opportunity for us and I'm blessed to be able enjoy it with some of my closest friends," Rodriguez said in a statement. "To be invited to one of the biggest nights in sports and in the same crowd as these superstars is something we'll never forget."