After dropping 43 points against previously undefeated and fourth ranked San Diego State last night, there is no question that BYU’s Jimmer Fredette is the most dominant scorer in the nation. Fredette has now scored 40 or more in three of his last four games and that has led many to believe that this year’s National Player of the Year award will be headed to the Mountain West Conference.
However, despite averaging 27.4 points per game, many scouts still question whether the Cougars’ leading scorer can have a successful career in the NBA.
A lack of speed, athleticism and true point guard skills are hampering Fredette’s draft status. Yet these are the same issues that talent evaluators had with Golden State’s Stephen Curry. The undersized scoring point guard from Davidson led the country in scoring two years ago with 28 a game and even that wasn’t enough to impress scouts. In the end it all worked out for Curry and the same will reign true for Fredette.
The New York native has an ability unlike any other to hit tough shots and has the power to shake any defender out of his shoes with just one move. Consistency is really the most impressive aspect of Jimmer’s game as night in and night out he is a dominant force. In fact, only four times this season as the BYU point guard been held under 20 points.
Additionally, Fredette is one of the best conditioned in the nation. In the last five games Jimmer has sat out a max of five minutes as he played all but one minute against San Diego State last night and played the entire 40 minutes in a win at UNLV January 5th. The fact of the matter is that the questions about Fredette’s production at the next level are ridiculous.
No longer is he just torching mid major opponents. While he scored a career high 49 against Arizona on the road last year, last night’s performance against the Aztecs may be the best of Jimmer’s four-year career as he single-handedly took down one of the two undefeated teams in the land. The fact that he scored 43 points while being held scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game and nine minutes in the second half is unbelievable.
It is incredible to think that college basketball’s regular season is already coming to an end. As the calendar soon changes to February and March, there are just 10 games left on BYU’s schedule. If Fredette continues to score at this clip there is no doubt in mind that he will find his way into the the early/mid first round. Just as Gordon Hayward did last year and Curry the year before, Fredette will have the opportunity to use the NCAA tournament to punch his ticket to the next level and at last change the minds of scouts everywhere.