Jimmer Fredette: Let's Be Realistic About Jimmer Fredette in the NBA
Jimmer Fredette Earns AP Player of the Year, but What About the NBA?
Every time I hear the name "Jimmer Fredette," I get this song stuck in my head, so I figured I'd just get it over with and share the experience with my readers!
Fredette, the pride and joy of BYU basketball, was named the AP Player of the Year yesterday, and looking at the college basketball landscape, this comes as no surprise.
According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Fredette had this to say about this honor:
"It's been quite a ride and it's been a lot of fun and I wouldn't take anything back," Fredette said. "I had quite the career at BYU. There were a lot of ups and downs, but there were a lot more ups this year."
Receiving 48 votes from the 65-member national media panel, Fredette became the first player in BYU history to achieve such an award.
So what about the NBA draft? Fredette is...well...hopeful:
"I just feel like as long as I can get into the right situation I can be successful, but it's all about the situation," he said. "Hopefully when I get in that situation I'll prove that I can play and earn the respect of my teammates, coaches and general manager, everybody involved, and hopefully play well for them."
Fredette didn't have what it took to go anywhere in the 2010 draft, and things aren't looking so hot for him this year either. While he may be one of the most exciting players of this season, this excitement just doesn't transfer well into the NBA.
ESPN's Chad Ford writes:
"While NBA scouts all say they appreciate him as a player, they say all the wrong things when talking about his pro potential. They emphasize that he lacks the lateral quickness to guard his position. They claim he doesn't have the top-end speed of today's great point guards. They position him as a 6-foot-2 shooting guard trapped in a Euroleague player's body. Almost all of them assert he's one dimensional in an Eddie House sort of way."
Perhaps the biggest obstacle that Fredette will have to overcome is the fact that he has yet to establish a true identity as a player. BYU coach Dave Rose described Fredette as "unique" and points out that unique players are "harder to scout."
The problem with this theory is that "unique" doesn't get anybody drafted. Calling Fredette "unique" is the same thing as your mother telling you that you're "special," and the other kids are just jealous. Feel better, Jimmer?
I didn't think so.
In reality, NBA teams know what they want, and Jimmer Fredette just ain't it.
For more NBA Draft predictions, check out Featured Columnist Elliott Pohnl's 2011 NBA Mock Draft: When Will Jimmer Fredette Come Off the Board?
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