We continue our profiles of the key players in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with a look at BYU‘s Jimmer Fredette.
Ahh, the Jimmer. A deadly shooter, one of the most prolific scorers in the game today, a possible player of the year, and a senior to boot. What’s not to love? Well pretty much all that if you’re one of the teams actually tasked with stopping this kid. Fredrette can score seemingly from anywhere on the court, is great at shooting threes (40%) and is almost automatic from the line (90%).
When he’s on, there’s simply nothing you can do. He’s averaging over 28 points per game and has cracked the 40-point barrier four times. He’s also averaging four assists per game, although his game is mostly about scoring. His 52-point outburst against New Mexico was stunning to watch and he’s practically carried BYU on his back the last few games.
Expect him to continue to light it up in the NCAA’s. Teams seem content to let Fredette shoot at will with the goal of shutting down his teammates. Last season, in a double-overtime first-round victory over Florida, Fredette scored a game high 37 points on 13-of-26 shooting. He went cold in the next round though, going just 5-of-13 in a loss to Kansas State.
I’ve already pegged BYU as a candidate for an upset, so Jimmer may not be around very long. But if he proves me wrong, odds are it’s going to be through a prolific display of scoring, which is going to be fun to watch.