Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jimmertime, Pt 2.

You know you have had a good night when one of the NBA's leading scorers, Kevin Durant, tweets, "Jimmer Fredette is the best scorer in the world!!"

Not bad feedback from a perennial All-Star, who can score a boat load of points in a hurry himself.

With the biggest game in recent memory taking place at the Marriott Center, Jimmer Fredette played his best game of the season in leading his No. 9 ranked Cougars to a 71-58 victory over the No. 4 ranked San Diego State Aztecs. San Diego State came into the game with the 11th ranked scoring defense at 58.9 points per game and Jimmer almost met that mark himself.

If there are any doubters left in America about Jimmer's National Player of the Year status, I would like to meet them. Jimmer has dropped 40 points in three of the last four games, including 43 tonight against a stingy Aztec defense.

Jimmer Mania is so hot right now, ESPN practically gushed over him for nearly 10 minutes on this evening's SportsCenter. Maybe they are like me and they just like to say Jimmer over and over. It's just a fun word to say and as fun as it is to say, Jimmer is even more fun to watch.

Tonight's performance showed just how enjoyable it is to watch Jimmer slice up a defense like he is working the meat counter in a deli. He was precise with his cuts to the basket for layups. He created space when he needed to hit a jumper. He hit a fade away three among his five three-point makes.

The only thing he didn't do was hit a left-handed three while standing at the scorer's table. Jimmer is truly a guy you wouldn't want to play a game of H-O-R-S-E with. It would be the quickest five shots and done you would ever see.

Let's hope for the sake of college basketball fans everywhere that Jimmer will continue to entertain and amaze deep into the NCAA tournament.

Friday, January 14, 2011


As the college basketball season moves into full swing, one word that is sweeping the nation is "Jimmertime". If nothing else, just saying the name Jimmer brings a smile to your face. As someone who was going to name his first born son Jimmer (too bad Nicole came out a beautiful little girl or she could have had a really cool name), I got caught up in the Jimmer Mania. Last year Jimmer Fredette of BYU caught the eyes of the nation during his amazing play in the NCAA tournament producing performances of 37 points against Florida and a solid 21 against a stingy Kansas State squad. This year Jimmer is up to his old antics again, hitting crazy shots and lighting up the scoreboard with regularity and ease.

With his recent outbursts, even ESPN has taken a ticket to the three ring circus known as Jimmertime:

Scott Van Pelt Interview

Andy Katz Tuesday Night Recap

This season Jimmer has stepped up his game to another level. In the last 10 days, Jimmer has led the Cougars to big wins against the likes of UNLV, on their home floor and their nemesis Utah, also away from the Marriott Center. Jimmer had never experienced victory against the Rebels at the Thomas and Mack (BYU hadn't beaten UNLV there since 2005), until last week. Tre'Von Wills, one of the Mountain West Pre-Season All-Conference selections and UNLV's star guard, Tweeted this prior to the game with the Cougars,

"They've got a preseason All-American and supposedly the best player in the conference on the other team..."

No doubt Jimmer heard about this from every smartphone wielding, social media hostage with a Twitter account and all he did was go out and play all 40 minutes and put up 39 points for the Cougars in leading them to victory. Jimmer, not known as a trash talker, had a few parting words with Willis as the game got out of reach and solidified any doubt that he is the best player in the conference and one of the best in the nation.

Not to be outdone by his extraordinary effort in Vegas, Jimmer came out on Tuesday night and dropped a cool 47 points on rival Utah, which prompted the above ESPN video clips. Jimmer could have easily had 50, but Dave Rose pulled him from the game with just under six minutes remaining. It seemed like everything Jimmer put up, no matter where he was past half court, was going in. Rarely have I watched a game and repeated the phrase to my wife,

"Did he really just shoot from there?"

He really did and he nailed it. Jimmer is a special talent that BYU will struggle mightily to replace. So my suggestion is for Cougar fans and college basketball fans alike to sit back and soak in the amazing wonderment that is Jimmer Fredette as he leads his team toward a hopeful deep run in March. If nothing else, just say the word Jimmer a few times and bring a smile to your face.