The little kid from the mid-major's that dropped 49 points on Arizona in December is finally getting some real respect. Well, almost.
Jimmer Fredette has another eye-popping performance, dropping 45 points on TCU, as he hit 23-of-24 free throws, and connected on 10-of-23 shots from the floor.
Fredette notched his second 45+ point game of the season, while also pouring in at least 30 points for the sixth time.
An extremely under rated NBA prospect, Fredette is progressing at just the right time, and while he will need continued success to get a good look as a top prospect for the next level, he appears to be finally on his way to getting some hard earned respect.
NBA Position: PG/SG
What Fredette lacks in elite size and athleticism, he makes up for with an unflappable jump-shot and endless range.
While his athleticism is not on an elite level, he can still compete on a high level and score with ease against supposedly superior defenders. He's excellent at creating space, getting his shot off, and understanding proper shot selection.
Fredette's main strength is his jumper, but his game doesn't stop there. He possesses an above-average handle and an ability to penetrate and get to the rim, and almost as important, get to the free throw line and convert at a regular rate.
Despite having an excellent three-point shot, he doesn't fall too much in love with shooting from outside, as he's grown very comfortable with handling the ball, shorting an array of inside shots, and can even post up smaller guards.
Because of his less than ideal height, Fredette has been forced to switch to the point guard position, and has seen tremendous progress as a true passer and play-maker.
If he's not penetrating and scoring himself, he's creating for others. He's a fairly versatile and truly all-around balanced player, as he rebounds the ball very well for a point guard, and has averaged over four assists per game in the past two seasons.
From an offensive stand-point, Fredette is nearly perfect, and is even further ahead of many players because of his superior conditioning and stamina.
Fredette is an elite scorer with an NBA jumper, and has the ability to play both guard spots. However, scouts fear that his size and "average" athleticism will cause him to struggle against elite NBA guards.
This may be true to an extent, but in going up against Nic Wise and an Arizona team that holds several potential NBA players, Fredette dropped 49 points, nine assists, and grabbed seven rebounds.
Those aren't the stats of a guy who can't handle his own, athletically.
However, he does not appear to possess natural explosiveness. While he can get to the rim and create for others, this is still a skill that needs refinement.
The only true knocks on Fredette are his status as a member of a small school, and the natural thought that he won't be able to consistently beat point guards off the dribble and play elite defense at the next level.
Regardless of any issues with Fredette's athleticism or level of competition, there is no ignoring his uncanny ability to put up points, while keeping his teammates involved and winning games (81-20 in college career).
NBA Comparison: Mike Bibby
Draft Projection: Early Second Round