No Brandon Davies, no problem. Only six players, no problem.
BYU guard Jimmer Fredette has provided answers to any problem the Cougars have had this season. He scored a career-high 52 points in BYU’s 87-76 win over New Mexico in a Mountain West conference semifinal on Friday.
It was Fredette’s fourth game of 42 or more points. His previous high was 49 in a 99-69 win at Arizona last season. His previous season-high this season was 47 points in a 104-79 win over Utah on January 11.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a player more valuable to his team.
Not so fast.
Connecticut junior guard Kemba Walker can certainly be included in that category. But is he as dominant as Fredette? A case can be made for either player.
Walker had 33 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and six steals in UConn's 76-71 overtime win over Syracuse on Friday. He had 26 in a first-round win over DePaul, 28 in a second-round victory over Georgetown and 24 points, including the winning shot at the buzzer in a win over Pittsburgh.
Fredette had 24 in BYU's opening-round win over TCU on Thursday.
Against New Mexico he was incredible. Fredette shot 22-for-37 from the field, including 7-for-14 from three-point range, and had 19 of his 52 in the second half.
Scouts think Fredette, who is averaging 27.8 points through Thursday night, is a legitimate lottery pick. They also feel the same way about Walker.
“You definitely have to put him in the same category as Kemba Walker,” said an Eastern Conference scout who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “He can shoot and he can get to the rim.”
UConn coach Jim Calhoun has been stating his opinion all season .
"Tell me the other guys who were getting 12 rebounds, 6 steals, assists...One of the greatest performances of any player of mine," Calhoun said. "I think he's the MVP on any college basketball team in America."