BYU Basketball: Jimmer Fredette Returns For His Senior Season

David Lynn@davidvlynnCorrespondent IMay 9, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 20:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars drives for a shot attempt against the Kansas State Wildcats during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Let the happy dance begin, Jimmer Fredette is passing on the NBA Draft this year to remain at BYU.

I’m not going to say I was scared about what would happen next season if Fredette had decided to remain in the NBA Draft this year.

I was terrified!

Let’s be honest, this team would have been completely lost without Jimmer on the floor.  It wouldn’t have gone back to the one win season (HAHA Utah St.) of the past, but there would have been a huge drop-off.

Luckily, Jimmer made a very wise choice and decided to come back for an historic senior season at BYU.  Obviously he thought it was a wise choice, and I agree with him.

He probably would have gotten drafted, but not in the first round, and that leaves so much room for error that it is just too scary to take that risk.

Jimmer is now on the radar of many NBA teams who will watch him throughout the entire season, rather than just a couple of games at the end.  They will see his consistency, determination, and toughness against a myriad of opponents, not just two or three.

They will also get a taste of what Jimmer is like when he is totally healthy.  After he had mono about halfway through the season, he lost a little bit of his spark and explosiveness.

For those of you who only saw him play in those last few games you read that right, he is even a little more explosive than what you saw.  Come next year he should be fully healthy and ready to shatter some BYU records.

With the departure of New Mexico’s Darrington Hobson to the Draft you can go ahead and start etching Fredette’s name onto the MWC Player of the Year trophy right now.

In all seriousness, if Jimmer stays healthy, he does have a minor quad pull from his last workout but that should be long gone before the season starts, this could be a season for the ages for him, and for BYU.

If there is any doubt look at what he accomplished last season when he started out as a relative unknown, but quickly came into the spotlight after dropping 49 on the Arizona Wildcats in their house.

He averaged 22.1 points, 4.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

He had 22 games in which he scored more than 20 points, and eight games in which he had more than 30.

He set BYU records with the aforementioned 49 points at Arizona and the nine three pointers he hit that night.  He tied the Cougar record for points in an NCAA tournament game with 37 against Florida.

He set the MWC tournament record with 45 points against TCU. 

Oh, and he was named to five All American teams.

He even entered the NCAA Player of the Year conversation late in the season, which would say to me that he will be in the discussion early this season, and could have a decent shot at it depending on how other guys play.

As a senior Jimmer should only get better, and having now worked out with some NBA teams he probably has a better idea of what his weaknesses are, and what NBA teams are looking for in a point guard.

What this means for BYU is that they are the early MWC favorites. 

  Jimmer was the best player in the conference last year, and he obviously came back for a reason.  He felt he had things that he still wanted to accomplish, and now he has that chance.

It is amazing what elite athletes can accomplish when they set out to do something specific. 

It is obvious that this team will be looking to get back into the NCAA tournament, and make a better run, and I think they will.

They finally got that 500 pound gorilla off their back when they beat Florida this year, and now they have a little more experience, and a taste of what winning in the dance is like.

That may be just what this team needs to make it over the top.

I am not saying they will win the national championship or anything, but they should get some people talking when March rolls around next year.

I wouldn’t have faulted Jimmer if he had decided to remain in the draft as it would be stupid to ignore the opportunity to play at the next level and make some good money, but I think he made the right decision by staying.

So from one of many BYU fans with similar feelings: Thank you so much for staying Jimmer.  This is going to be one of the greatest seasons in BYU history, and we will all be behind you throughout this amazing journey.


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