How do I join the Reilly fan club? The guy is spot on and funny to boot.
Wouldn't it be great when Fredette does make it, and $10K is split between the
General Mission fund for the LDS church and to Catholic charities? Really - I truly hope Fredette is successful, at whatever he does. He'll do it
with class, style, and great warmth. What a class act and a great new example to
the younger generation of hopefuls!
He will start a game this year. Won't ever be an All-Star.
Attention BYU fans.When a columnist makes fun of a BYU sports team
or a BYU sports star or claims that the player is not as good as he is hyped up
to be, he is not making fun of the LDS church.
The column was pretty harsh, but Reilly is entitled to his opinion. Who knows
if any collage star will go on to NBA stardom. It doesn't mean that the kid
wasn't the best of the lot this year. But what annoyed me is that ESPN left the
column up for an inordinate amount of time.
Mount OlympusAttention BYU hater:When a columnist makes
fun of BYU fans' LDS beliefs, he is making fun of the LDS religion."Great kid, though. Polite, smart (good chess player, whiz at Sudoku),
studies his Bible in hotel rooms. Maybe that was the problem."Maybe you'd like to explain how Jimmer reading his scriptures in his hotel
room in anyway affects his ability to play basketball or how that's not poking
fun at Jimmer's, and by extension, LDS religious beliefs.
For the most part his column is right on the money. Fredette doesn't play any
defense right now. I think that can change though. Some people say
the best thing for him is to go somewhere like the Knicks or Warriors who don't
care about defense. I think that would just cement his role in the NBA as a
scoring role sub with poor defense. On the other hand if he goes to
a team that will bench him if he is lazy an uninterested on the defensive end he
might take it upon himself to learn the other half of the game.
reply: Mount OlympusIn his previous articles he does make fun of the
church, he stated that Fredette was too busy studying the bible to be able to
perform against Florida.
Mount Olympus... you might be right, but go back and read some of the stuff he
has written or said about BYU in the past. Reilly has an axe to grind and he
just might have something against the LDS church. Hey hedgehog. Good
to see you. It has been awhile since your days in the Utah marching band. Good
times man. I hear you are doing well. See ya up at Daybreak or at Rumors.
I'm not sure anyone is concerned with the Spring game in Provo. There's nothing
on the line for the Cougars, no conference title and no BCS invite. Well, i
guess if BYU beats all those WAC teams, you could make the claim the Cougs are
hedgehog and Reilly = two peas in a podLet me quote you wedgie =
"Jimmer is a gimmick!"
Attention Mount Olympus:When a columnist makes fun of the LDS canon
and lifestyle of its members, who is he making fun of? By the way,
did Reilly ever win any basketball trophies/awards, let alone PLAY basketball -
Everyone claiming Reilly was making fun of the LDS church. He said, "Great
kid, though. Polite, smart (good chess player, whiz at Sudoku), studies his
Bible in hotel rooms. Maybe that was the problem."Reilly
doesn't care much for any type of religion, he didn't mention anything
LDS-related specifically. Don't be so sensitive.Sincerely,LDS
As a BYU grad and active member of the church, I didn't feel that Reilly was
mocking my beliefs. I do think there are members of my faith who have a bit of
a persecution complex and will take any criticism they get straight to the
"anti-mormon" card. I did think he was a bit over the top in writing
Jimmer's NBA future off, but only time will tell.
Uconn may be a better team as a whole than BYU. But James Fredette is the
better individual player than Kemba Walker. Don't get me wrong, Kemba is a
great player but the stats prove Jimmer is the best player of the year when
considering the entire season.
BoringGuyWell ... That was random....
"...studies his Bible in hotel rooms. Maybe that was the problem."Reilly is backpedaling today and it still does not change a thing. A
long history of anti-BYU sentiment and now it's obvious that ESPN has yanked his
chain to spin the rhetoric down a little.Whether or not Jimmer plays
or sits on a "padded foldup chair" makes no difference to me. I saw a
kid absolutely captivate a nation and garner some awards that most dream about.
He will get drafted and that's a dream come true.And it would not
surprise me to hear more about Jimmer down the road. If he has the tenacity to
make it this far then...?Jimmer has been an inspiration. I'll forget
Reilly easily, Jimmer on the other hand has given us several moments to cherish
for a long long, very long time like this one...A half court shot as
the first half winds down at the Huntsman Center, a buzzer beater... and it's
in!!! The Ute crowd goes silent as the few BYU fans and then some Utes fans in
astonishment acknowledge what has happened. It's on YouTube. It's there forever!
C'mon BYU fans (I'm generalizing, I do realize not all fans are the same),
Reilly wasn't out to get you. I attend all my meetings, hold FHE with my family,
I don't cheer for BYU but share the same faith as most BYU students, and I
wasn't the least bit offended. Laugh a little. Nobody is trying to get you.
"Thlete" is absolutely right, don't be so sensitive. He didn't make
fun of any of our practices. He simply mentioned, Jimmer isn't all the media
makes him out to be and won't succeed unless he learns how to play defense in
Its funny, I have been watching too much basketball over the last few decades
and ten of those years as a HS school coach, and I really havent seen this much
controversy over a basketball player with Utah ties in a long time, if ever. Its
hard to tell what Jimmer is going to be like as a Pro, but he will be a Pro in a
few months. People say hes to slow, cant jump, doesnt defend, blah, blah, blah.
The thing that I have liked about the kid is he works hard, how do I know well
it shows in his game. He has learned how to make ridiculous shots and that comes
from lots of time in the gym.When the Jazz drafted Stockton, almost
the same things were said about him except they threw in to small, to light,
will be over matched, cant shoot consistently. You just never know
how players jumping from the college into pros will turn out. As a lifelong Jazz
fan its hard to say this, but Fredette has more tools then Stockton did coming
out of College
Big Soccer and Lonestar Runner. Rick Reilly's style has always tried
to inject some humor in his writing. Look at his quote in context:"Great kid, though. Polite, smart (good chess player, whiz at Sudoku),
studies his Bible in hotel rooms. Maybe that was the problem. Fredette and the
largely Mormon BYU Nation should've never been made to come to New Orleans. You
can sin just by osmosis here.When I read this it seemed to me he was
saying Jimmer had to stay in to read his Bible cause New Orleans is no place for
a Mormon. You assume he is saying he was terrible against Florida cause he read
his Bible, your overreacting. These knee jerk, we are so picked on as mormons,
reactions make us look like over sensitive whiners. JF may or not play in the
NBA, either way I don't think it will affect mine or Reillys eternal status.
Don't be so sensitive. Laugh a little.
I think his comments were sort of funny. I hope you will have to donate
$10,000, unless you have died because you are an aging sports write and have
gone to h___, I would say it but this blog won't let me publish my comments if I
say the 4 letter word, Sorry.
Reilly's column is an honest take on the chances of one Jimmer Fredette to make
the pros. Let's look at the teams projected to be picking in the
lottery this year, and their point guard situations:Cleveland -
Depth need at PG.Washington - No need at PG.Minnesota - No need at
PG.Toronto - No need at PG.Sacramento - No need at PG.Utah -
Depth need at PG.Detroit - Depth needed at PG.Milwaukee - No need at
PG.Charlotte - Could use a backup PG for Augustin.Golden State - No
need at PG.Phoenix - Could use a backup PG for Nash.Houston - Could
use a backup PG to Lowry.Keeping it simple, Phoenix, Houston, and
Charlotte are the teams with a definite need, while Utah, Detroit, and Cleveland
could use depth at the position that Fredette plays. I'd give him a better
chance of going to Phoenix, where he wouldn't be held accountable for his
defense (or lack thereof). Houston might work too. But any team mired in
losing isn't going to see benefits from putting him in their rotation, he would
need the best situation in order to have any level of success as a pro.
When Riley gets sober I'll pay attention to what he says, but for now it's
Jimmer time! Dosn't matter what anybody says will happen it only matters what
happens on the court, and this year in colledge ball, Jimmer OWNED the
hardwoods. Nobody can ball as consistant night after night. No one gave Ainge
much props coming out of college, but he seemed to do OK. So will "Da
Okay, we all know the rules of engagement. Poking fun at ethnicity, (I believe
caucasian is an ethnicity) and religion is fair game. Nice to know. The door is
now open to have some fun with all ethnicities, religious persuasions,
orientations, genders, newspaper editors and sports writer's mothers. I'm sure
everyone will be just as accommodating as the never to be offended, happy
In other words, Reilly is saying in his present response that BYU is an easy
target - compared to other schools - for his columns. And now with the ESPN
contract for football, look for more BYU/Mormon attacks, ridicules, etc. Watch
when (not if) Heaps wins the Heisman Trophy and Reilly comes out firing - he
will never win a Super Bowl, or be a Pro-Bowler, and all his other riles (pun
intended). Go Cougars!
RE: PocyUteI agree. I am a BYU student and a BYU fan, and feel that a lot
of "die hard" BYU fans have the persecution complex, where if someone
says something bad about "our Cougs", they are attacking you, your
grandma and Joseph Smith. I thought Reilly's original article was
pretty scathing and maybe not all the way true, but the man does have a point. I
personally think that Kemba should have won the Naismith award. And
it's not like BYU fans are the only ones. People can make mountains out of mole
hills out of any type of comment about religion, race, sexual preference, you
name it. But in the end, we're all human and sometimes you just need to laugh it
off when someone says something you don't agree with. Or listen. They might say
something you can learn from...
Kouger, hahahahahaha, to compare Jimmer and Heaps is pure comedy. Hahaha,
"when he wins the Heismann" was a joke right? He looked like he was
on pace to win it last year up until he took that first snap.Give
Jimmer some credit Kouger, he's not overhyped and overblown, and he doesn't even
have a publicist to thank yet. Heaps will be solid, but never will he be
mentioned with Jimmer or Ainge or Detmer or Young after his career is
over....but thanks for the chuckle.
Reilly's comments say more about him than they do about Jimmer and/or BYU.Hedgehog's comments say more about him than about Jimmer and/or BYU.Chris B's comments say more about him than about Jimmer and/or BYU.
Reilly is right on.Religion is fundamentally superstitious.
Superstition begets inconsistency in athletic performance as the athlete engages
in rituals that he believes bring about "blessings" (Austin Collie,
back me up on this brau), but actually have either no relationship or a
distracting and adverse relationship to performance. This is why BYU teams,
having institutionalized superstition, are so flaky and inconsistent. This is
why sitting in your hotel room reading the Bible (trying to earn God's blessings
for the game) is an excellent explanation for why Jimmer's performance against
Florida was sub-par: 37% from the field; 20% from distance; and 6 turnovers.No matter how you try to spin it, Jimmer lost that game for the Cougars.
Jackson was hot from behind the arc in the first half, but Jimmer hogged the
shots in the second half so Emery got no chance to contribute. If I was one of
Jimmer's teammates, I would be almost as ticked off at Jimmer as I am at Davies!
These two guys completely let the team down!I agree with Reilly. And
I will throw $1,000 into the pot along with Reilly.
Did you see what riley said about the new men's bb coach on the hill? That's
right, nothing. Why, because Jimmer and BYU basketball are all that the nation
cares to look at in this state. Any attention is good attention, right? If riley
doesn't think Jimmer will start, he is delusional. Has he ever seen what happens
when the injury bug bites? Look who is starting for the Jazz right now. Jimmer
is as good as Watson, hands down.
For all of those who are just too slow on the uptake about why Jimmer appeared
to be lacking on defense this year. I think you are going to be quite foolishly
suprised when he actually proves you wrong. Why I say that is because you
people haven't got the slightest clue as to what was going on this year. With
both of the BYU's best big men i.e. Chris Collinsworth and Brandon Davies out
for most or a significant portion of the remaining part of the season Dave Rose
made a significant but highly unorthadox coaching decision to try and compensate
for their absence on the court. The entire key to BYU's success without
Collinsworth and Davies on the court centered on keeping Fredette in the game.
To spell it out for those not able to grasp what actually was taking place.
Rose had Fredette intentionally backed off on Defense to keep him out of foul
trouble. Fredette averaged over 38 minutes a game of playing time...That's
almost unheard of in college basketball. Most of his fouls were offensive. You
are absolutely dead wrong if you think Jimmer can't play defense.
If we think jimmer wouldn't read this article and be affected by it, maybe we
should take the same road. It's always lonely at the top of the ladder......
Two things are certain: Jimmer Fredette is a better basketball player than Rick
Reilly is a writer and Jimmer Fredette will be an NBA All-Star before Rick
Reilly wins a Pulitzer Prize.
On the Jimmer analysis Reilly has undoubltedly consulted Bob Knight and used the
same intuitive process that the General used in sizing up Larry Bird. Jimmer
will do just fine in the NBA...no thanks to Reilly!
Where's Stockton??? Well first its near Tooele and second great comment, you are
right on, I didnt follow the Y much this season until March. I know that Jimmer
was being ridden like a horse and playing major minutes, and up until that last
game he delivered at the end.......
" This is why sitting in your hotel room reading the Bible (trying to earn
God's blessings for the game"YaskY,Agreed.God
doesn't care about basketball... at least mine doesn't.
@HedgeYou're lucky you live so far away in Michigan. Those of us in
Utah have to deal with this attitude every day. If you dare question the skills
of even one player in Provo, it's like the end of the world or something.To boot, you have all of these media types encouraging BYU fans and
making them believe they really are something special and superior to any other
college, especially the U.The Riley ordeal is just the latest
example. Whether Jimmer can play on the next level is a legitimate question.
What's more, and let's be honest here, Jimmer really doesn't enjoy playing
Re: hedgehog"God doesn't care about basketball..."How do you know?"at least mine doesn't."Clay figurines tend not care about anything.I do agree w/ you
about Reilly though: "he's funny to boot" (especially when one is
wearing boots w/ steel toes).
Rick Reilly was accurate in his description of his play against Florida. My
problem with him is Reilly judged Jimmer by his performance at one of the worst
games he had ever played this year. There was no balance.The POY
award is for the best COLLEGE player, not the player most likely to succeed in
the NBA. If you asked coaches around the nation who the one player is they
would most like to add to their team, it would be Jimmer. They can run a zone
defense in the NCAA. Jimmer would have the most impact even if he can't play
defense.The entire BYU offense was built around Jimmer. They had to
keep him in the game. I am sure that coach Rose told Jimmer not to foul. Not
bad advice. Jimmer just did not take chances. It was a good strategy for the
team this year.Jimmer erased Ainge's scoring record but did not
start his freshman year like Ainge, and Jimmer was fighting Mono last year.Jimmer was nothing short of incredible.Rick Reilly's article was
absolutely not credible.
I wouldn't bet on him starting a game his first year... even if he's how reilly
thinks he'll be, he'd probably be drafted too early, land on a bad team
(minnesota? Kahn loves his point guards) and then start due to everyone else
being abysmal. Or there could be injury troubles with the team he gets drafted
by (see: Jazz, Utah)
Eh, I meant to say that I wouldn't bet against Jimmer starting a game his first
year. (otherwise the rest of my comment makes no sense).
Go Jimmer Go in the Pro's. If it doesn't work out, you have given me many great
moments watching you play. Thanks for the fun games. Your competitiveness will
make you a pro in the game of life.
"But James Fredette is the better individual player than Kemba Walker.
Don't get me wrong, Kemba is a great player but the stats prove Jimmer is the
best player of the year when considering the entire season. "Jimmer's a better scorer/shooter. Kemba I think is better all-around which to
me means more. Kemba's my PotY while Jimmer's my MVP. (There's a difference, I
think Kembas the better player but Jimmer's more valuable to his team than Kemba
is.) Since I'm aware that PotY and MVP can be defined differently to different
people I'm not upset with Jimmer winning.
Ah yes, the pseudo Utah fans, who are really just Mormon/BYU haters are really
starting to come out of the woodwork now that they've found an ally in Rick
Reilly.Y-Ask-Y? Why should we believe you'd keep your word about the
$1,000 anymore than we believed hedgehog would keep his word about not posting
on any BYU article until after basketball season was over?
The final four games were some of the most lack-luster games in college sports
this year. What a bore!
My father once quoted an old saying, "A man convinced against his will,
will be of the same opinion still."Of course, I don't know the
ages of those who post here, but if they are all grown men, I am amazed at how
childish many of them seem to be. Most of them seem to be grinding an axe that
has no temper in its head, except bad temper. Now, if you don't understand that
analogy, you prove my point.Now back to the subject. I think Jimmer
is great - a great basketball player and a great person. He also has a great
work ethic and a great personality.And I believe he will have a
great future - whether or not he "makes it in the pro's".And I believe he will be happy, which of course is more important than playing
basketball, or any other game for that matter. If the game can bring
happiness, then go for it. If not, find something else to do.
'The final four games were some of the most lack-luster games in college sports
this year. What a bore"And I'm guessing you say this because
the jimer wasn't there to boost your self worth.If you cared to
watch, bot VCU/BUTLER and KU/UConn were great games.
Jimmer has just as good a chance of making it in the NBA as Kemba. They both
have weaknesses that could cause them to bust. I strongly suspect
that both of them will find a niche with the right team. Whether
either one will be a NBA all star is a long shot. The only question
for either is where in the first round they go.
How come Reilly didn't write a negative article about Nolan Smith of Duke?
No game could be as awful as that Butler-UConn game... how does a team go 3-31
from INSIDE the three point line?
Sammyg: I teach at BYU and asked my students about the Jimmer. They knew who he
was, but were not "absolutely captivated" as you say. They were
actually more worried about their final projects. The kid is a good baller, but
the world didn't stop to watch him play...world hunger didn't go away, our boys
didn't come home from Iraq...a college hoopster made a half-court shot and got
the awards he deserved. Good for him. Shame on those who can't simply enjoy it
rather than live a proxy life through him.
Do we really have to take EVERYONE so seriously? (Reilly, I mean?)
Kemba scores only 16 points in the biggest game of his life on 5 of 19, 0 for 4
from 3 point, and 6 points coming from the free throw line? Yeah, sure sounds
like a better player than Jimmer.....Jimmer: 12-30 pt games, 3-40 pt
games, and 1 50 pt. game while shooting .452 FG %, .894 FT %, and .396 3pt %.Kemba: 10- 30 pt games, 1- 40 pt games, and 0 50 pt games while shooting .432
FG %, .818 FT %, and .336 3pt %. Jimmer not only has better stats
overall than Kemba while averaging less minutes but has certainly faced more
double and tripple teams while the refs let him get hacked on a nightly
basis. Jimmer vs Kemba? No contest- Jimmer in a land slide.
NC Game = worst game ever (except maybe PSU-Wisc in the Big Ten tourney).
@BYU/Jazz fanJimmer's the better shooter I think that part is
obvious. However who is a better rebounder? Plays better defense? Better passer?
Kemba's a more all-around player. Looking at shooting alone isn't necessarily
going to lead to the right answer. Otherwise Durant would've been MVP last year
in the NBA.
Walker was unimpressive in NC game tonight. He seems too small for the NBA.
Didn't really take over the game like Lamb did in the second half. I wasn't
impressed at all. I am sure the Jazz will trade up to draft him though......
I liked Jimmer's red tie.
I can't believe the moderators have let so many of you post negative things
about Jimmer. Come on moderators, what's up?
"If I had been banned from having premarital sex in college, I'd have
barely lasted three years. OK, three and a half." --Rick ReillyWhat looks on the surface like a try at self-deprecating humor is probably, in
fact, a macho exageration. Odds are, he graduated a whole man. In fact, any
ongoing joy is likely the charity of a saintly wife.
I'm hoping Jimmer gets the chance to play for the Utah Jazz. Being that I'm a
Nugget fan it will be fun to watch Lawson and Felton run Jimmer through a BUZZ
@Hymn to the silentAnd to what purpose is taking my comments out of
context, then juxtaposing them to the world's problems and doing so as a
representative of BYU accomplish?Yours is a very strange and bizarre
comment. I work with several of BYU academia and students and they would say the
@HedgeFrom Living in SEC Country any team and I repeat any Team in
the SEC would have loved to have Jimmer on there Team, IF KY had him they would
have won it all. He goes all out everygame the only Thing U of M does it get put
on probation in any sport they play.
All is right in the world.A Big 6 program wins the NCAA ( as usual)
Oh Jimmer boy, the scouts, the scouts are callingFrom glen to glen, and
down "Y" mountain sideThe season's o'er, and all true Cougars
crying'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.But come ye back
when summer's in the meadowOr when happy valley's hushed and white with
snow'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or Gonzaga's shadowOh Jimmer boy,
oh Jimmer boy, we love you so!
@ Y-ASK-Y,"This is why sitting in your hotel room reading the Bible
(trying to earn God's blessings for the game) is an excellent explanation for
why Jimmer's performance against Florida was sub-par: 37% from the field; 20%
from distance; and 6 turnovers."I'm sure Jimmer wasn't reading
scriptures before the Florida game for blessings to play well in that game. He
reads his scriptures for blessings that will come to him through out his life on
earth, and beyond. And, if you want to talk about someone that is being blessed
in this life I would put Jimmer pretty high on that list with all that he has
accomplished, and will still accomplish. Based on Jimmer's experience, I think
we all could benefit by doing like he does and read the scriptures more!!
Jimmer will play in the NBA - how long and how successful is yet to be seen.
Jimmer has a strong upper body and can take the pounding in the NBA and he is a
proven shooter so all that remains is getting on the right team that will allow
him to blossum.
Danny AInge was still better, made of tougher stuff, got the Cougar further.
Geez.Nut jobs to the left, jokers to the right.I do not
know who the better player is, but if UConn had to rely on KW the same what BYU
rode Jimmer, UConn would not have finished as high as 9th in the Big East.I'll put it this way.I really think Utah would have beat
UConn last night (easily Butler too.)Those two team last night were
two teams that won a tournament. Not the two best teams in the country, and none
of them were the best player in the country.===Question
for Hedge. Why were the only halftime highlights that worth showing Jimmer?Sir Charles is dead on.
On Jimmers off night against Florida, he scored 32.On Kembas off
night against Butler, he scored 16.Any questions?
@CT98 I have a question for you. How many shots did Jimmer Fredette take
against Florida? How many shots did Walker take against Butler? i.e., what
were the shooting percentages? Oh, one more question. Who is the better
defensive team Butler or Florida?
Re: CT98Yes, I have a question. Why is Kemba Walker projected by
many experts to be a top 5 pick, while Fredette is projected to go 15?
Just consider the source and have a good chuckle.
Wikipidia discription for a hedgehog. A defense that all species of hedgehogs
possess is the ability to roll into a tight ball, causing all of the spines to
point outwards. However, its effectiveness depends on the number of spines, and
since some of the desert hedgehogs evolved to carry less weight, they are much
more likely to try to run away. The type found on this comment board has no
spine, so please just run away... Thank You
Let's see what happens at the pre-draft camps. If Jimmer is faster, stronger,
and outplays every other guard there, turning heads of scouts and GM's in the
process, then maybe, MAYBE, he has a chance at the next level. Until then...
Who cares what Rick Reilly says or thinks anyway?
Jimmer is amazingly talented on offense but he doesnt play defense or box out on
long rebounds that is all Reilly said really. He added humor because that is
what he is paid to do. Honestly I don't think he will do well in the NBA because
I don't think a team can afford to sacrifice that much defense for his offense.
I used to think he would do well but then I thought do I think he can guard
D-Will or Chris Paul or any NBA guard for that matter? The answer is I don't
think so. Please Jazz don't draft him to sell tickets to BYU fans!
So the studying his bible in his hotel room is a slap at the LDS religion? If
Jimmer was a Baptist would the same conclusion be drawn by the same people? I
doubt it! Seems like a severe case of hypersensitivity to me.
OK editorial board, I'll try again...since you just allowed JustGordon to post
the exact same analogy. I said yesterday if Jimmer was a Muslim reading his
Koran would the column have even been printed? Would Reilly still have a
writing job? Just pointing out the hypocracy of the big media allowing
Christian bashing, and have extra fun with LDS-bashing, but be timid with
Islam-bashing. Since Gordon's comments stand, now mine should too. Thank
Let's all vote on whether the sun is up or not. Fredette will or won't have an
important NBA career, but the enthusiasm of BYU and bias of non-BYU fans won't
answer the question. It's been fun to celebrate Jimmer's stellar college
achievements and now let Jimmer answer the bell in the NBA. If he never plays a
minute in the NBA it won't detract from his games against Arizona, Utah, UNLV,
SDSU, etc. A word of warning, don't sell him short, people have counted Fredette
None of these comments about how amazing he is address Reilly's point. Can he
play NBA caliber defense? Im interested in your thoughts. There have been a ton
of great college scorers that have been duds in the NBA(especially recently). I
just looked up the nations leading scorer in he past ten years and none of them
have had any sort of NBA career. Is there something in Jimmer's game that sets
him apart? Because a lot of them scored more. Again I am not attacking him just
not seeing it happen.
It's Friday night and Jimmer just won the Wooden Award. Tell me again how many
Wooden Awards Rick Reilly has won. Jimmer Fredette is a great basketball player
and, more importantly, a truly humble and decent young man. There aren't many
real heroes left for young guys to emulate, but for a few months in 2010-2011
they had one. All the speculation about Jimmer's NBA future might be
interesting, but this college season was made so much more special because of
him. The guy who was too slow, too short, not athletic enough and who couldn't
play defense(?) just swept the individual awards. In the end, he even Jimmered