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Fredette leads Naismith Trophy Odds

The Big East, Big Ten and ACC are college basketball’s power conferences and the best player in each league rates high in Naismith Trophy Odds.

But it’s a point guard from BYU in the Mountain West Conference who leads the list of odds on who will be voted the NCAA Player of the Year.

That player is Jimmer Fredette and he is leading the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game and a 5/4 favorite at online sportsbook Bovada.

The hype has increased since he scored 43 points against previously unbeaten San Diego State last month and has gone over 40 points two other times.

The other top contenders for the award are, won most recently by Ohio State's Evan Turner and Oklahoma's Blake Griffin:

Jared Sullinger – power forward at Ohio State is one of the nation’s best rebounders and a player many scouts believe is ready for the NBA now. Naismith Odds – 7/4.

Nolan Smith – fresh off willing Duke past UNC in a February game, he is a 3/1 choice to win the award for a Duke team looking to repeat as national champions. True he gets lots of hype playing at the marquee school of the ACC, but this guy has serious game.

Kemba Walker – candidate for Big East Player of the Year, Walker is a 10/1 shot and does not have the stats or profile to unseat one of the top three players – yet.
A few more huge signature games against the tough Big East and you could see his odds moving closer to the top of the list.

Odds to win the 2011 Naismith Trophy for NCAA Player of the Year       courtesy of Bovada    
Jimmer Fredette (BYU)                           5/4
Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)                    7/4
Nolan Smith (Duke)                                3/1
Kemba Walker (Connecticut)                  10/1
Field (Any Other Player)                         5/1