Jimmer Fredette as an NBA 2011 Draft Prospect: I Wouldn't Bet Against Him
I wouldn't bet against Jimmer Fredette.
There are always doubters out there—people who see one thing they don't like and focus on that. It's much easier to focus on the negative aspects of any prospect, after all.
However, the one thing you can learn by looking at any NBA roster is that there is always a place for someone who has at least one unbelievable skill.
In this draft, which is incredibly weak, there is no reason why Fredette, with his unbelievable offensive repertoire cannot be a top 10 pick.
People often focus on Jimmer's weaknesses, but a lot of his weaknesses are something that can be corrected at the next level.
For example, he is supposedly "awful" defensively at the college level.
As someone who has seen every BYU game this season, I disagree strongly with that.
He is very crafty defensively. He never gets torched, he gets steals and he gets rebounds. He just makes it look effortless.
BYU provides Jimmer with a key role—dominate on offense while playing 40 minutes a game. They simply rest him on defense as much as possible to maximize his offensive efficiency.
Jimmer's offensive credentials and polish are unquestioned. With the current rules in the NBA, he is unguardable. He has the humility and confidence of a player like Derrick Rose, right now.
His quickness and athletic explosion are incredibly underrated. Despite his famous missed dunk earlier this year at Utah (when he scored 47 points on 28 shots), he has dunked in games before.
He's only 6'2" but that's actually a pretty good size for a point guard in the NBA. He's in incredible shape and has an NBA-ready body right now.
He has a ton of potential because of his humility. He is never content with his game and is always trying to improve. His improvement over the course of his career at BYU alone has been astounding.
Worst-case scenario, Jimmer Fredette is an unbelievable bench weapon on any NBA team.
Best-case scenario, he can become the next Deron Williams, Steve Nash or Stephen Curry on the right team.
He is already an offensive savant—and he's ready to play right now. He's a mature 22-year old who has incredible self-control, evidenced by his ability to live an incredibly extensive BYU Honor Code.
But unlike some others who may come out of BYU's program, Fredette hasn't been sheltered at all.
He grew up out east in Glen Falls, NY, where he scored 40 points against inmates before he even went to college.
Which team would Jimmer Fredette be the best fit on?
He has an older brother, TJ, who has constantly challenged and supported him in everything he has done.
Teams have tried anything and everything to stop Fredette.
They've put NBA-caliber athletes on him—guys that are 6'8" and capable of defending any position on the floor at the college level. But Fredette always finds a way.
His best games come in the biggest moments.
He had 47 on the road against his teams greatest rival. He had 52 points (with one free throw) against New Mexico in BYU's conference tournament. In two games in the NCAA tournament this year, he has 68 points and 13 assists.
At the end of the day, Fredette has shown an unwavering commitment to improving his game at the college level. And that's why it would be foolish for anyone to bet against Jimmer Fredette.
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