BYU Basketball: Did Jimmer Fredette's Sub-Par Game Vs. Florida Hurt His Stock?
Did Jimmer Shoot Himself Out of the Lottery?
Against the Florida Gators Jimmer Fredette didn’t have his best game. He did finish with 32 points on just 28 shots but he only made 11 of those attempts and he turned the ball over six times. It wasn’t a horrible game, but after destroying the Gators last year in the tournament it was clear that they made it a goal to shut him down the best they could.
According to an article by ESPN’s Chad Ford, some GM’s were hoping that Florida would give Fredette problems.
"He's a great player, but he scares the hell out of me as a GM,” One unnamed GM said. “But the more he keeps playing like this, the harder it is to justify passing on him in the draft. I need some evidence that he can have a bad game when good defenders are on him. If he lights up Florida ... I might not be able to say no. And I want to say no."
I think this GM got his wish. He can now tell his owner that Fredette has a tendency to force things when his shot isn’t falling. The resulting play isn’t going to be atrocious, but he will turn the ball over and he could shoot a team out of the game.
Honestly I want to believe that Jimmer can be an NBA star but I think it really depends on where he ends up getting drafted. If he goes to a team like Phoenix or Utah then I think he will work out learning from the point guards already on those rosters but if he is drafted to a team that needs a starter immediately then he could struggle.
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