Jimmer Fredette has agreed to participate in a reality television show that will follow him as he transitions from the college game to the NBA.
It's a transition that many experts don't feel he can make, so the series could be very interesting. It will be produced by Tupelo-Honey Productions, who will film Jimmer for more than 100 hours over 30 days.
During filming, bits and pieces of the show will be released on the Internet. Following filming, the full production will be broadcast on television—assuming they find a distributor.
Regarding the opportunity, Jimmer told Sporting News, "This is an amazing time for me. I'm looking forward to preparing for an NBA career, and this project will allow me to share the excitement I'm feeling with the fans who have been with me for my college career."
Fredette was the best player in college basketball this year, but plenty of people still think he'll fail at the next level. Their reasons are largely hollow and based on subjective opinions, but their voices are loud.
As for the other side of the argument, there are plenty of reasons to believe Fredette will be successful, and the biggest one may be his work ethic.
Jimmer's uncle is speed guru Lee Taft. In a recent blog entry, Taft praised his nephew's desire to improve his speed and quickness (the two attributes critics say he can't possibly develop).
This show could provide a window that will allow fans to see the work ethic that behind-the-scenes guys like Taft are talking about.
It could be compelling television for several reasons.
Much like Tim Tebow, Fredette has gained an enormous fanbase because of the combination of his incredible production on the court and his religious background off it.
At the same time, the good-guy image also rubs a lot of people the wrong way, and Fredette and Tebow may have more people rooting for them to fail than any other young athletes ever have.
Fans and haters alike should be intrigued to see the process Fredette is about to go through.
Cary Glotzer is the president of Tupelo-Honey Productions. His statement regarding the project reads:
"This is quite an exciting project for us at Tupelo-Honey Productions. It is not often you see a player with such talent, integrity and inspiration. We feel that this unprecedented look behind the scenes will create compelling programming. And the availability of this content online will allow Jimmer's fans to follow him as he prepares for the big day."
Maybe this will make it harder for some people to hate Jimmer. Maybe it will continue to annoy those that are already fed up with coverage of the former BYU superstar.
I, for one, can't wait to tune in.
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