In his Senior season at Brigham Young University, guard Jimmer Fredette led the NCAA in scoring averaging 28.9 points pet game. So why are so many questioning his future? Is he a point guard? Can he play defense? Will his scoring translate to success in the NBA.
There are several former NCAA scoring champs would moved on to the NBA and have had huge success. Rick Barry, Stephen Curry, Reggie Williams and Oscar Robertson. On the over hand there have been many former scoring champs who have not lived up to the hype. Most recently Adam Morrison in the 2006 draft and Courtney Alexander in 2000.
Without a doubt Fredette has NBA talent with his deep shooting strengths and 39.4 career 3- point percentage at BYU reguardly if he is a point guard or shooting guard. The one thing many scouts are concern about is the defensive side of the ball. Jimmer’s rebounding is quite poor and averaging a steal deeper than 25 mintues into a game wasn’t among the elite guards in the NCAA this year.
Jimmer has received comparisons to Steve Nash, Steph Curry, Dana Barros and Dan Dickau, all great players/shooters without great defensive abilities. With one speciality skill (shooting) I see Jimmer as a late first round pick but with there not being “Superstar” talent in the 2011 draft Fredette should be a lottery pick going anywhere from 7th-15th. The 2011 NBA draft can be seen tonight June 23,2011 on ESPN. Coverage begins at 7pm.
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