This just in: Jimmer Fredette is good. He's really good.
Jimmer Fredette and the BYU Cougars took to the road against conference rival Utah Tuesday night, and instead of a tough battle on the court, fans watching the game witnessed a blow-out.
Fredette was absolutely on fire early on, capping a 53-42 half-time lead with a buzzer beater to send both teams into the locker rooms. He then went on to connect on 16-of-28 shot attempts (six from downtown), while scoring 47 points, two shy of his career high of 49.
This was vintage Fredette, scoring from all over the court, and even finding the time to get his teammates involved with six assists.
Fredette entered Tuesday night's matchup with 24.9 points per game, and with his 47-point explosion, he's now topped at least 30 points five times this season, with three of those performances coming in the past five games.
While NBA scouts likely continue to doubt Fredette's overall game and ability to transition to the NBA level, the BYU product continues to dazzle, putting on shooting displays seemingly every other game, and still pitching in double figures in scoring on his "off" games.
It's getting to the point where people can't ignore Fredette's talent anymore, even if they tried. The fact that BYU isn't televised regularly prevents a lot of people from seeing Fredette perform, but the past few weeks have gone a long way in helping those people at least hear about him.
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Maybe it's the fact that he's no longer battling pneumonia like he was for half of last season. Or maybe it's because he's worked hard during the off-season to raise his level of play. Either way, Fredette is scoring at will these days, and people are starting to take notice.
Tuesday night's win brings the Cougars to an impressive 17-1 mark, and could very well help 11th-ranked BYU crack the top 10 in the AP Top 25 Rankings.
While many regard BYU as a small basketball program with average talent, their RPI Ranking currently coming in at second place should prove that wrong.
With solid wins over Arizona, Utah State, Creighton, St. Mary's, and UNLV, the time has come for BYU to get the credit they're due. And so, too, the time has come for Fredette to be placed on a bigger stage.
I've been here before with this argument. I've vouched for Fredette's talent. It's getting to be such old news, but at the same time, it's truthfully hardly ever been "news" at all.
Unless you follow college basketball very closely, Fredette might slip through the cracks. And unless you're able to pry yourself from scouting guys like Perry Jones, Kyrie Irving, and Harrison Barnes, you may not care.
But as I said before; this just in. Jimmer Fredette is good. He's really good.
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