I have been trying to avoid writing an article about Jimmer Fredette, because I knew it would lead to at least three different Bronco Mendenhall jokes. Bronco is going to have to bend over and take it like the humble, devout man he is. I can no longer sit idly by, while Jimmer revolutionizes BYU into more than just the school with a football coach who cares more about devouring JELL-O Salad with his family, than he cares about winning football games. Jimmer is taking Provo City (Happy Valley’s ground zero) by storm. I have never seen so many Mormon girls willing to break their no sex before marriage rule. I apologize for taking so long to make this announcement: Limited Playmakers has officially been diagnosed with Jimmer Fever.
Jimmer’s performance tonight against San Diego State (ranked #4 in the nation coming into the game) solidifies his status as the most complete offensive player in college basketball. He did everything in this game. He drove it in against D.J. Gay at will, and hit an insane number of jumper’s right in several different Aztec defender’s grill’s. Gay actually played solid defense against Jimmer most of the night. Unfortunately for Gay, Bronco Mendenhall fasted and prayed for a week; pleading with God to help Jimmer make it rain on the Aztecs (Bronco cares more about seeing his friends succeed, than he cares about winning football games).
Jimmer torched the Aztecs in the first half; scoring 20 points using a dazzling array of offensive moves (dude has a D-Will-esque crossover), and nailing three crazy deep 3-pointers with a defender draped all over him. Jimmer started the game slow, but caught fire at the end of the first half; scoring the last 15 points of the period for BYU (8-12 in the first half. 3-3 from beyond the arc). He forced the issue a lot more in the second half (something he seems to be prone to do at times. It is really the only criticism I have of his game), but still finished with the fifth 40 point game of his career.
It is going to be interesting to see how Jimmer performs in the NBA. He looks more like a college wrestler than he does a basketball player (like Jimmer, wrestler’s always look like they are about to cry). He is not super quick, and I am not convinced he is anything more than an average passer. But the man can definitely score the basketball. The criticism I am hearing directed toward Jimmer, is much like the criticism Stephen Curry was getting while he was ballin’ for Davidson College (Jimmer already has more of an NBA body than Curry). No one thought Curry’s game would translate to the NBA, but Curry has proven all of his doubters wrong the past two years while playing for the Golden State Warriors. I expect Jimmer to be fantastic in the NBA. His pull-up jumper and ability to create plays off the dribble, is perfectly suited for the NBA game. With the NBA becoming more and more of a point guard’s league; it is going to be intriguing to see how many teams are foolish enough to pass on Jimmer.
To this point in the season, Jimmer Fredette is the College Basketball Player of the Year (you know it’s true, Kemba Walker). More importantly, anyone who can make BYU fans forget they have the keynote speaker for this Sunday’s fireside chat as their head football coach, is more than just the Player of the Year. Jimmer Fredette could very well be the Person of the Year (you know it’s true, Barack Obama). It is time for the basketball world, nay, the entire world, to catch the Jimmer Fever.
Update- Kevin Durant (the NBA’s leading scorer) posted the following on his twitter account: Jimmer Fredette is the best scorer in the world!!!
John Wall (the only reason anyone would even consider watching a Wizards game) posted the following on his twitter account: Jimmer Fredette is cold! #respect