All his life, Jimmer Fredette had been told what he can't do.
Receiving D-I scholarship offers from only Siena and BYU out of high school, Fredette choose to attend the school of his Mormon faith and the rest, as they say, is history.
He set a BYU record with 49 points against Arizona in 2009, is the Mountain West Conference's all-time leader in scoring and last year helped BYU win its first tournament game in its last seven tries.
Fredette, the NCAA's leading scorer, is a Player of the Year front-runner, but some scouts still question if his game translates to the NBA.
The Charlotte Bobcats had a similar decision to make five years ago, and chose to take Gonzaga G/F Adam Morrison with the third overall pick.
Fredette and Morrison have some similarities. They are both great shooters who attended West Coast schools, playing in conferences with lesser competition than, say, the Big Ten or Big East.
But anyone who has doubts on whether Jimmer will be a successful NBA player should take another look at the kid.
It was never easy for Fredette, but he has always found a way.
"(Fredette) willed himself to find ways to win, even if he was physically outmatched," brother TJ said in a Sports Illustrated piece. "From the time he was 10, I was telling everybody he was going to make the NBA."
Fredette is more than just a jump shooter. He has a variety of moves he uses to slither into the paint, a la Manu Ginobili.
Jimmer has a full arsenal of floaters in the lane, bank shots and his range is well beyond that of the NBA three-point line.
SI writer Kelli Anderson described his playing style as such:
"Facing the opposition's best defender (or, more often, defenders), he pulls up going right or going left. He shoots off the dribble, off the wrong foot, off balance, off the glass. He finishes in traffic with a dozen deft moves, including a funky scoop shot, originating from his waist, that he can make with either hand."
Fredette still has another half-season to wow NCAA fans with his great scoring performances. A deep journey into the NCAA might await BYU.
He is projected to be a mid-to-late NBA Draft lottery pick.
Expect him to have a long, successful career wherever he goes.
Why? Because Jimmer doesn't know any other way.
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