The new face of college hoops??

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: January 27, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — It was the biggest basketball game in the history of the Mountain West Conference between the No. 4 ranked Aztecs of San Diego St. versus the No. 9 ranked Cougars of BYU.

Wednesday night’s game, in fact, felt a little like March Madness even though it wasn’t Duke versus Carolina. But it lived up to all the hype.

During the game, there were two big-time players being highlighted.

One was Kawhi Leonard of San Diego St., who had 30 career double-doubles coming into the contest and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, who was leading the nation in scoring with 26.7 point per game.

Neither Leonard nor Fredette disappointed the nationally televised audience.

Both were great. But Fredette was greater.

Fredette, who finished the game with 43 points, scored the last 15 points for the Cougars before half-time. And to be quite honest, he was literally unstoppable.

He scored off-the-dribble, off the pick and from behind the three-point line.

Fredette, who is compared to Duke’s J.J.Reddick by many and Jackson State’s Lindsey Hunter by many more, made 14 of 24 shots from the field, while hitting five out of eight from behind the arc.

“As a scorer, I just know how to find space and my team mates did a great job setting screens for me” said Fredette after BYU’s victory.

With Fredette’s 43-point performance, the Cougars went onto defeat San Diego St. 71-58 ending their 20-game winning streak.

The big-televised win against the Aztecs puts the BYU’s basketball program in the spotlight and makes Fredette a candidate for National College Basketball Player of the Year along with UConn’s Kemba Walker, Jr.