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Jimmer-mania swept the nation this year, and with good reason. Fredette put on a scoring clinic, leading the nation and his BYU team to the NCAA tournament.
Fredette is the consummate teammate, can penetrate seemingly at will, and has a very high basketball intelligence.
Besides that, he is charismatic and has the look of a cherub.
Sadly, there is a lot to be desired with Fredette despite his strengths.
He is a below average athlete and this will be a glaring weakness in the NBA. He also is not a natural point guard despite his lack of size. He is more like a shooting guard in a point guard's body.
Furthermore, his defense is without question the worst in the nation. He doesn't even attempt to guard his man, and NBA teams cannot play four-on-five on defense if they want to win ball games.
It would be tempting to compare him to Luke Ridnour because they are both equally terrible defenders.
However, I think a more apt comparison would be J.J. Redick. Both are capable of deep range shooting and neither fit into the classic NBA mold position-wise. If Fredette can continue to nail jumpers, there will be a spot for him in the NBA. But for a guy that could go as high as eight or nine, that might not be enough.