Thursday brings the start of the NCAA tournament, an event that could be a chance for BYU guard Jimmer Fredette to send himself soaring up NBA Draft boards. All year scouts have debated whether or not Fredette’s talents will translate to the NBA. Will the BYU star end up being a lottery pick or could he fall to the later half of the first round because of fears he’ll turn into the next Adam Morrison?
Fredette’s preference might be the New York Knicks considering he’s a native of Glens Falls, New York, and he probably feels he could fit in Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo system. But he might not make it past the Utah Jazz when their second pick (likely late in the lottery) comes up (the Jazz have two first rounders because of the Deron Williams trade). According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Jazz believe Fredette is a legit NBA player and his exploits at BYU have made him a local hero in Utah.
As stated before, scouts are divided on what Jimmer will look like in the league. He’s tough, can shoot the lights out and has a high basketball IQ with great court-vision. Scouts sometimes liken him to Stephen Curry because of his ability as a pure scorer. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that Fredette is listed at 6’2, 195 pounds, and isn’t terribly athletic. So he’s an undersized shooting guard at the NBA level.
On top of that, many of Fredette’s points come from unconventional ways. Off-balanced jumpers, lunging lay-ins and insanely long distance 3-pointers are often his weapons of choice. At the next level against much bigger and more athletic competition, he’ll likely never be able to get those kinds of shots off, much less make them.
But you can’t ignore the fact that the guy has put up 28.5 points per game while hitting 40.4 percent of his 3-point shots and 45.6 percent of his field goals.