If there's anything satisfying for Arizona fans in Jimmer Fredette's sweep of all six major Player of the Year awards after he won the Wooden Award tonight, maybe it's that, well, the Wildcats probably saw this coming before just about anybody.
Fredette, back when he was actually known by his last name, set the McKale Center record for scoring by any player when he dropped 49 on the Wildcats on Dec. 28, 2009.
“His performance was incredible,” Miller said after the 49-point game. “Did we have something to do with it? Yes. We struggle to guard the other team’s best perimeter player. But when a guy not only scores 46 (actually 49) but also has nine assists, you take a look at it and say he and his performance alone really dictated the final score. He was incredible.”
Jimmer also scored 33 points, with nine rebounds and three assists, against the Wildcats on Dec. 11, 2010 -- despite leaving the game with over five minutes to go and just 31 total minutes played.
Sean Miller approached Fredette after that second attack and shook his hand.
"He said, `I tell you what, if you need anything from anybody, I'm your guy,' " Fredette said after the Dec. 11 game. Miller said "anything you need, you let me know and I'll get it for you.
"I was like, `All right. Thanks, coach. Appreciate it.' "
Here's what Miller said after that game:
"He's a terrific offensive player. That puts a lot of pressure on any team who guards him. He did an excellent job of making the game easy for his teammates, playing within himself and scoring an easy 30-plus points.
"We tried to do a good job of making sure we played him as a team, we went over screens and tried to stay on him. But he's so clever ... and I really believe he has a great supporting cast as well."
Derrick Williams and Miller attended the Wooden Award ceremony, meaning Williams was one of the five top vote-getters for the award, and Greg Byrne said he was proud to see Williams be a part of that select group of finalists.
The Wildcats will return to the Honda Center on Jan. 5 to face UCLA, which will be homeless because of renovations to Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will play most of their games next season at the Los Angeles Sports Arena -- which Ben Howland says will be dressed up -- but play four in Anaheim.
The Jan. 5 game will be designated as the Wooden Classic game.
Some good discussion on possible transfers on the previous discussion thread -- maybe it won't be who we think...