Fredette Can't Hack It in NBA

Fredette Can't Hack It in NBA

This past season was all about The Jimmer. I'll admit I caught the fever, heading out west on two separate occasions to get a firsthand look at the BYU star who had become the face of college basketball.

He was fun to watch with his unlimited range, uncanny array of moves around the basket and stone-cold smile.

But I'm worried about the Jimmer. I mean, legitimately concerned.

I understand he can shoot the ball from deep and has a skill -- scoring the basketball -- that should translate to the next level.

But getting past New Mexico's Dairese Gary, arguably the top perimeter defender in the Mountain West, just isn't quite the same as having to try and circumvent Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook or Rajon Rondo.

I mean, The Jimmer struggled against Florida's Kenny Boynton -- a future overseas player -- in the NCAA tournament.

According to nearly everyone I spoke to in attendance in Las Vegas last July, Fredette was eaten up a year ago when he was part of a select group of college players chosen to help prepare the NBA guys for the world championships.

The NBA is a long way from Provo and the Mountain West.

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