Jimmer Fredette of BYU Continues To Impress as National Spotlight Grows

David LynnCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2011

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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For those of you that are just now being introduced to Jimmer Fredette and his amazing abilities, all I can say is:

Welcome to the show!

BYU fans have been enjoying the wonder that is Jimmer Fredette for three years now. We have grown accustomed to his hard drives to the lane ultimately leading to a circus shot at the rim that somehow goes in. His abilities never cease to amaze me.

Jimmer got a few momentary glances last season when he set a BYU scoring record in dropping 49 points on Arizona, had a great showing against TCU in the MWC Tournament and led BYU to its first win in the Big Dance in far too long.

He considered entering the draft after finally getting some attention but wisely opted for another season in Provo.

Despite ending the year strong and even making a few preseason All-American teams, there really wasn't much attention paid to Jimmer during the non-conference portion of the season. That could be because BYU didn't play many huge games, or simply because it takes the magic of David Copperfield to find a BYU game that is televised.

The first conference game of the season would put an end to the lack of Jimmer recognition.

BYU was set to face UNLV in Las Vegas, a place where they hadn't beaten the home team in Jimmer's career. It also got a little more attention because Rebels star Tre'Von Willis decided to talk a little trash before the game.

Jimmer responded by putting up 39 points in a completely dominating effort by BYU. This caught the attention of more of the national media, and the articles and TV segments increased. Even here on Bleacher Report the entire BYU basketball page is devoted to articles about Jimmer.

Jimmer followed up his dominance of UNLV with a complete and utter beatdown of rival Utah, again on the road. His 47 points got him on more than one ESPN program and launched him to the top of the scoring list nationwide.

Jimmer was ultimately named player of the week by ESPN. Apparently he got a little distracted, as he only put up a quiet 21 points against TCU last night. It was the least he could do to let teammate Jackson Emery get some attention on the night he was honored for becoming BYU's steals leader.

Some people questioned Jimmer when he opted to stay for his senior season, but all of this attention can only be good for his draft stock.

There will even be a teleconference this morning for national media for Jimmer to further grow his recognition.

Jimmer is a hard-nosed player that learned the game in New York, which is known for producing tough guards. He may not be your stereotypical point or shooting guard, but he is a quality combination of both.

He has the ability to drive the lane and score and the sense to dish to his teammates when they have a better shot. His decision-making has also improved a lot since we first saw him as a freshman.

The attention will only grow as the season heads towards its climax, and if the past is any indication, Jimmer will rise to the challenge and lead BYU to its best season ever.