Jimmer Suddenly Taking a Different Kind of Shot
One of the story lines of the NCAA Tournament has been Jimmer-mania. Brigham Young’s Jimmer Fredette, the one-man offensive machine, has been blasted recently about his pro prospects. Some big time commentators have lashed out at the Jimmer. They complained about his defense, about how many shots he takes. So what if he took 32 shots, do you think BYU would have beat Florida if he took 29 shots?
The Cougars lost to the Gators in overtime. If they did not suspend their center, who knows how that would have played out. How are his pro prospects? It’s hard to label it. It really depends on the team, the coaching staff and what he’s asked to do.
If a team is looking for a player to sit on the wings and bang out 3-pointers, then he’ll find a home where he can prosper. Anybody who has seen this guy play knows he’s a danger to launch a 3-pointer once he crosses half court. And that’s not an exaggeration.
Can he carry an NBA team? No . Can he be “the man?” No. Can he be a Danny Ainge, Ray Allen or Steve Kerr? Most definitely.
The question will be can he create his own shot. If he can drive on players, then he becomes dangerous. If defenders can pick him up at the 25-foot line and guard him, it will make life difficult. But, if he can drive anybody who tries to crowd him and create a shot or dish off, then suddenly, he becomes a weapon. If you don’t guard him, there will be nights he can drain 3-pointers.
To count him out immediately, shows ignorance about his ability.