Jimmer Fredette: Breaking Down Celebrity Tweets on BYU's Superstar Point Guard

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2011

Jimmer Fredette: Breaking Down Celebrity Tweets on BYU's Superstar Point Guard

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 18:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the BYU Cougars celebrates after BYU won in 99-92 double in overtime against the Florida Gators during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men�s basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 18, 2010 in Oklah
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    Last night, Jimmer Fredette went off for 43 points against the No. 4 San Diego State Aztecs. He scored from all over the floor and made shots that left the Aztecs bewildered.

    His performance against the Aztecs is getting a lot of attention, but he's been doing this for a while now.

    He's gone over 40 points in three of BYU's last four games. He's leading the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game.

    Plus, he's shooting 48 percent from the field, 90 percent from the free throw line and 42 percent from three-point range.

    I feel he's the best point guard in the country and that he can absolutely develop into an NBA star.

    Entering this season, there weren't many people outside the Mountain West Conference who were paying attention to Jimmer.

    However, he seems to have everyone's attention now.

    Several professional athletes and celebrities have tweeted about Jimmer since the conclusion of last night's game.

    Let's take a look at them...

Kevin Durant

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    Last year, Kevin Durant became the youngest player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring. He's leading in that category this year as well.

    You can easily make the argument that Durant is legitimately the best scorer in the world. For him to say that about Jimmer is high praise indeed.

    I wrote an entire article that was based on this tweet immediately after last night's game. If you want to read that, I'll leave a link at the end of the slideshow.

John Wall

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    If it weren't for Blake Griffin, John Wall would be the clear front runner for the 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

    He has a great handle and fantastic speed and quickness. He's sixth in the NBA in assists per game. Wall has as bright a future as any young guard in the league.

    If an outstanding rookie and former top overall pick thinks Jimmer is cold...Jimmer is COLD.

Gary Parrish

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    Gary Parrish is a college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com. His tweet is pretty risque, but it's also pretty funny.

Derrick Williams

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    Derrick Williams played for the Arizona Wildcats and is a legitimate top pick possibility in almost every 2011 NBA mock draft.

    He averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. His shooting percentages were ridiculous: 60 percent from the field and 57 percent from three-point range.

    Williams' tweet is based on personal experience. Jimmer dropped 49 on Arizona last season.

Nelly

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    I think you all know who Nelly is.

    Jimmer is not only "the truth," according to his rapper brother TJ, he's "Amazing." Nelly should reunite the St. Lunatics and add TJ Fredette to the bunch.

Jared Sullinger

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    Jared Sullinger is having a heck of a season for the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes (the only undefeated team left after Jimmer's dismantling of the Aztecs last night).

    He is one of two players who have a chance to win the National Player of the Year Award over Fredette.

Scott Van Pelt

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    Van Pelt is one of the most recognizable anchors on ESPN's SportsCenter, and he has his own nationally syndicated sports talk radio show.

    I don't expect too many people to be sleepin' on "The Jimmer" after last night. Apparently, neither does SVP.

Adrian Wojnarowski

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    Wojnarowski is the NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports. As big-time NBA guys start to come around on Jimmer's game, his draft stock will rise.

    After this season, the draft combine and some workouts with NBA teams, I expect Jimmer to be a lottery pick in 2011.

Kirk Morrison

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    Morrison is a San Diego State alum, and he's been a starting linebacker in the NFL for a few years now.

    It's always telling when the opposition recognizes greatness.

Andy Katz

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    ESPN's resident college basketball guru has proclaimed Jimmer to be the face of the sport this season.

    Jimmer started by converting the average fans. Now he's starting to make believers out of everyone in the media.

    His next target? NBA scouts.

Bill Simmons

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    "The Sports Guy" is one of the most popular columnists on ESPN's payroll. His podcast is one of the most popular sports podcasts in the world.

    When he talks about "getting his Jimmer on," droves of readers and listeners will start to pay attention to this elite player.

Jonathan Givony

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    Givony writes for DraftExpress.com. He won't be the only person covering the NBA draft who moves Fredette up the board after last night.

    As the season progresses into tournament time, Fredette's stock is just going to keep on rising.

More on The Mountain West

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 05:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars appears on the court during a game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center January 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. BYU won 89-77.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Ge
    Ethan Miller/Getty Images

    As I briefly mentioned in the context of this slideshow, I believe Jimmer Fredette is a lottery-level talent.

    I have no doubt that he can make an impact in his first year in the NBA. He also has the tools, natural talent and athleticism he needs to develop into a star.

    For More on the Mountain West

    Marcus Bailey Could Return Wyoming Cowboys Basketball to Respectability

    2011 NBA Draft: Kevin Durant Calls Jimmer Fredette the Best Scorer in the World

    2011 NBA Draft: Is BYU's Jimmer Fredette the Next Steve Nash?

    2011 NBA Draft: Jimmer Fredette of BYU May Be the Best Point Guard in the NCAA

Today's Interview With Jimmer on SportsCenter

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    He's already given several great interviews in the last few days, but this one is my favorite.