The Life That Once Was J.J. Redick's

Daniel RibakContributor IOctober 21, 2008

Even if your not a fan of basketball, you probably heard of a man named J.J. Redick.  J.J. Redick is one if not the best pure shooter in college basketball history.  In his four year tenure at the University of Duke Redick shot 40.6% on 3-pointers with an amazing 91% from the free throw line.  His former college coach at Duke Mike Krzyzewski, has called him the best pure shooter in Duke basketball history. 

In his freshman year Redick was an All-ACC third team and All-ACC Freshman Team honoree, as well as finishing second in the balloting for ACC Rookie of the Year honors.  He started 30 of 33 games and averaged 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  J.J. had nine 20-point games, the most among all freshmen in Coach Krzyzewski's era.

In his sophomore season Redick averaged 15.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1 steal a game. He led the Blue Devils in scoring, three-point field goals, and free throw percentage, which was 95 percent!

In his junior year Redick averaged 21.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 steals a game.  He was an unanimous first team All-America selection, as well as the ACC Player of the Year.  Redick led the ACC in scoring, free throw percentage, minutes played, and three-point field goals per game.

Finally, in his senior year Redick averaged an amazing 26.8 points to go along with 2.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. On March 10, 2006, in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal against Miami, Redick scored 25 points, setting a Duke record for points in a season with 858. Redick ended the season with 964 points. 

As his mother once phrased, "There is no one ever who has worked harder and wanted to win more then J.J. Redick.  Yet he is the most hated college basketball player in the country".  You may wonder why J.J. Redick's mother feels this way, maybe shes just taking it a little to far.  The answer is simple.  She is 100 percent correct.  J.J. Redick is and will always be the most hated college basketball player who has ever played the game.

"People would call me six or seven times in a 30-minute period and leave stupid messages." Redick said with a laugh when asked in 2005.  "I'm just like, Who's got that time to do that? I don't have the time to call my mom sometimes.  I definitely don't have time to call some random person over and over and tell them that they're an idiot."

Right away the question that comes to thought is,why?  Why do fans all across the country hate J.J. Redick?  The answer is not that simple.  The Duke Blue Devils have a violent group of fans that is just uncontrollable.  The Blue Devils are recognized as a preppy and arrogant bunch of players.  This has been said from fans all across the country, they even made a club called, "I Hate Duke". 

“When people are jealous, they’re obviously going to be negative towards you,” said Redick when asked about these incidents.  However, sometimes it just goes to far.  There have been numerous amount of times when opposing fans curse at him, make signs about his masculinity, and even his family.  Even with all this negativity, Redick uses this as motivation.  He knows that everyone wants to see him miss the big shot, but whenever he hears the crowds cursing, and calling him names, it lights a fire in him. These situations just pump up J.J. Redick and thats when the fans hate him the most, because the end result is Redick and the Blue Devils walking off with another win.

Off the court there are some things you probably never knew about J.J. Redick.  Redick has tattoos that has many meanings to them.  "I got a tattoo for me. It's a constant reminder, every day, of what God has done and what he will do in my life," Redick once stated. 

The tattoo that is on his chest is a Japanese word for courage, and beneath it is another one that is reference to a Bible verse, Joshua 1:9 which means Be strong and of good courage wherever you go.  The next tattoo Redick got was also another Bible verse, called Isaiah 40:31.  He got this tat after his junior year when he averaged 21.8 points per game and being named a first-team All-American, which he considered the best year of his life.

As you can tell, Redick is very spiritual and could also be a reason why he always stayed calm, and never loses his cool during all the harassment by fans.  As everyone knows J.J Redick was drafted 11th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. Even though Redick's first and second year have started off slow, he is determined and ready as ever to become a factor for the Magic in 2008.  I'm sure Redick will not get the same treatment as he did in Duke, but you never know.  As least he can prepare himself for it because fan harrassment once was a fact of life for J.J. Redick.


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