Jimmer Fredette: No Way BYU Guard Should Be Player of the Year

Perry ArnoldSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars passes the ball during the championship game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament against the San Diego State Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center March 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. San Diego State won 72-54.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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To listen to many so-called college basketball experts, the shoo-in Player of the Year is BYU's Jimmer Fredette. 

One is left to wonder how many times they have seen Jimmer play.

Jimmer Fredette is the most unbelievable shooter this writer has seen since Pete Maravich.

Jimmer Fredette can shoot from anywhere on the court. His range has no limit.

Jimmer Fredette has the quickest release of any player seen in NCAA hoops this year.

Jimmer Fredette can score from NBA three. He can score in the lane. He can score on twisting reverse layups. He can score falling away. He can score off one foot. He can score.

Jimmer Fredette has averaged 40.04 percent on three-point shots this season and took 277 shots from long range. Incredible.

Jimmer Fredette is without question one of the most exciting players to come along in years and so much fun to watch. He is addictive.

Jimmer Fredette has one of the best handles in college basketball. He dribbles freely and with incredible skill.

Jimmer Fredette is a great passer. His passes are precise, crisp and efficient. He doesn't pass the ball as often as some guards, but when he passes it, it usually means something.

Jimmer Fredette has great court vision, both in the half court and all over the court.

Jimmer Fredette finds opportunity where most college players only find problems. He often leaves his feet for a shot when there is none. But in mid-air he can find the open man after his shot is altered better than anyone I have ever seen.

If they had an award for best shooter, give it to Jimmer and then retire the award.

If they had an award for the best offensive player, Jimmer is at the top of the class.

But Jimmer Fredette should not be the NCAA player of the year.

The player of the year should be the best basketball player in the NCAA.

When you think about the entire game, Jimmer Fredette should not even be considered by anyone who has watched him play.

Jimmer Fredette does not even intend to play defense, much less pretend to play defense. He is at the top of a 2-3 zone that must be utilized to rest Fredette and cover his complete lack of defense. He stands flat-footed in the zone and barely moves. 

He makes no attempt to cut a passing lane or a driving lane. He waves players on through and conveniently gets out of their way so as not to impede their progress.

Jimmer Fredette does not rebound. He does not bother to rebound. He is waiting for the next outlet pass. 

A look at the BYU stat sheet for this year will show that Jimmer averaged 3.5 rebounds per game. If that is a legitimate stat, Jimmer must have had 35 in a game against Mississippi Valley State or somebody, because Jimmer does not rebound.

Jimmer is a great passer, as mentioned above, but he averages 4.176 assists per game. You can't get a lot more assists if you are averaging almost 30 shots per game.

The Player of the Year should be an all-round player. Kemba Walker comes to mind. Chandler Parsons comes to mind. But Jimmer Fredette will never be considered an all-round player.

The prediction will now be made that Jimmer Fredette will never play as a starter in the NBA. He cannot play defense, and with no 2-3 zone to cover him at the next level, he can't play.

If there is any sense of the whole game, Jimmer Fredette cannot be the Player of the Year.