2011 Scouting Reports: Jimmer Fredette

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JIMMER FREDETTE
Specifics: 6’3”, 196 lbs
Birthdate: February 25, 1989 (22-years-old) 
Numbers: 29 PTS, 3 RPG, 4 AST, 45% FG, 89% FT     
Games Scouted: BYU vs. UCLA, BYU vs. Arizona

BACKGROUND

The National Consensus Player of the year out of Brigham Young University.   Many stories have been told about the nation’s #1 story in college basketball.   He is one of the few four-year college players in the draft.   He spent last summer playing the best in the world with the Select Team.


OVERALL

Jimmer has NBA skills, he is a shot maker.  The system he played in while at BYU, coupled with the role he had there, make his NBA projection a difficult one.  He has unlimited range on his jumper and a smart understanding of the game.  He used nearly 40% of all of his team’s possessions and very few players have transitioned well from that type of role into the NBA.  He is on the smaller side (in regards to height) yet strong for a point guard.  His game is nailed to the floor vertically, but he is athletic enough to be crafty.  He will struggle to finish at the rim in the NBA, and will need to get a better mid-range game.   Jimmer is a good pick-and-roll player for the NBA.   When he plays defense in the NBA, it will be the first time he has played defense in over a year (minimum).


QUICK SYNOPSIS

He was a great college scorer; however that is not something that always translates to the NBA.  The game is faster, the gaps close quicker, the shooting pockets shrink faster and every arm coming at you is two inches longer.  He struggled a bit over the last two years when marked by quicker players.   But Jimmer is a shot maker.  He will be a shot maker at the NBA level.   Two things will mark the difference between Jimmer being a rotation player and a major player:  1) if can defend at all and 2) if he can involve teammates.  Either way he plays in the NBA for a long time.

OFFENSE
Overall: A great shot maker with unlimited range and stellar body control.
Moving w/o the ball: Doesn’t use screen great and is not a fabulous catch-and-shoot guy.  Did most of his work off the dribble creating for himself.  He will need to work to get shots off in the NBA with longer players guarding him.
Isolation Game: Super pacing to his dribble game.  He gets defenders off-balance.  Jimmer is able to get off his shot when on the perimeter with a range or a step back.  He’ll need to add a good deal to his game inside 10 feet.
Handle: Has a solid handle but at times gets in trouble when put under heavy pressure.  He is a bit loose with the dribble, but I’m not sure the NBA will try to exploit that.
Pick and Roll: This is the key to his NBA success.  Defenders have to go above the pick because he can shoot and will make shots.   He is good enough with the dribble to penetrate into the lane if the defender goes over the pick.   This is where his development will be vital.
Shooting: Jimmer can shoot anywhere, at anytime.
Rebounding: Not applicable, but strong enough to be adequate for his position.
Point Guard Skills: His college game didn’t say point guard.  He shows some good understanding when double-teamed off the pick-and-roll to retreat and create a 4-on-3 for his teammates.  Jimmer has good all-around vision and is very willing to throw the skip-pass.  At the college level, he played selfishly because that was his role.   How he is going to be able to go from 35%+ of his team’s possessions to using closer to 10% (at the most) will determine how he plays point guard.
Poise: Jimmer loves the game.  Nothing is more evident than how much he loves the game and how hard he competes.
Understanding: He is a great offensive player.
DEFENSE
Overall: Didn’t play any defense.  Jimmer was completely indifferent on the defensive end.  There is no breakdown that can be done on what he did defensively at the collegiate level. 
SKILLS
Hands: Super touch, good handle.
Balance: Very strong.  Takes contact and impressively maintains his fundamentals while holding his body position.
Plays Hard: Loves the game – plays very, very hard.   That is why he will play in the NBA
Feet: He has good balance.
Pressure: Jimmer’s problem will be utilizing his teammates in pressure situations, and not shying away from it.
Attitude: He has overcome all expectations to this point.
PROJECTIONS
Best Case Scenario: Jason Terry, Mike Bibby, or Mo Williams
Likely Scenario: Toney Douglass, J.J. Barea, or Beno Udrich
Worst Case Scenario: Eddie House
VIDEO
Breakdown of Jimmer Fredette courtesy of Locked on Jazz
Tip-Off for June 1 courtesy of Locked on Jazz
NBA: Jimmer Fredette's NBA Future courtesy of cbssports.com
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