NBA Draft 2011: Is Jimmer Fredette's Popularity Saving This Year's Draft?

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIJune 23, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars warms up prior to their game against the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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is seeing what NBA uniform Jimmer Fredette will be wearing next season the highlight of the 2011 NBA Draft?

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, that is exactly the case. Here is what Berman had to say:

“The highlight won’t be Jersey point guard Kyrie Irving, who is expected to be taken first overall by the Cavaliers just 20 minutes from where he played high school ball at St. Patrick’s. Few outside Jersey have really seen Irving play much; a toe injury limited him to 11 games for Duke. Tonight’s otherwise lackluster NBA Draft in Newark that does not contain a surefire franchise player has been boosted by the fascination of BYU superstar point guard Jimmer Fredette’s landing spot.”

I tend to agree with Berman. If it weren’t for the big dose of Jimmer-Mania, this Draft would have no sexy storylines, except for the usual swirling trade rumors. The projected top pick, Kyrie Irving, spent the majority of last season sidelined with a toe injury.

The safest best is probably Arizona’s Derrick Williams. After Williams, the question marks really start adding up for the other prospects, including Fredette.

 Berman also touched on the possibility of Fredette playing in New York:

"The mystery is which club will take the leap that Fredette’s college heroics will translate into the NBA, with questions about his defense, athleticism and being a one-dimensional scorer. The drama is heightened because of the Knicks, with the longshot possibility of him falling all the way to No. 17 and into the laps of his boyhood team."

I also agree with Berman that the New York Knicks landing Fredette will be a longshot unless the team is willing to trade for him. Fredette has been projected to be taken as early as seventh and as late as 15th.