Jimmer Fredette was one of the more explosive players in college basketball during the 2010-11 season.
He's an amazing guard, and proves that white men can jump (he reportedly has a 36-inch vertical). He can drive to the basket as well, or better than anyone in the college game.
But racial stereotypes are dogging the BYU star. Even the "mighty" New York Times asks the question, "Is Fredette too white for the NBA?" Granted, they don't come right out and say it, but when comparing Fredette to white players of the past, there's one common thread: they were all great college players who were mediocre in the NBA.
Apparently, America has come far enough in the racial politics where it's now white males who are too identifiable with their own race's stereotypes to participate at a decent level in a particular activity.
It probably doesn't help that Fredette also hails from BYU—not typically the basketball powerhouse of recent years. Can coming from a smaller program hinder a player's chances?
But since we're talking about race, let's expand the talk to college football. Granted, the NFL is a different monster as white players have seemingly dominated the quarterback position over the years, but...
Are there white college football players that may be "too white" to excel in the NFL?
Here are just five examples of those who might have a lower stock because of stereotypes of preconceptions.