The NBA often lures our best storylines, personalities and players away a year or two before we ever can establish a long-term relationship with them. Just when the country gets to know some of the really good players, they're gone in the ensuing offseason. It's the common lament of College Basketball Fan.
But that's not the case with sharp-shooting Jimmer Fredette, the from-anywhere-in-the-gym-range shooter from Glens Falls, New York, who announced minutes ago that he's returning to the hills of Utah for his senior season.
"I had a great experience going through the whole process," Fredette said. "I met some great people and learned a lot. I was able to impresses a lot of people and I think they will be interested to see how I do this coming season. I hope to play extremely well my senior year and achieve our team goals and my personal goals and get drafted next year."
Why the change of heart? Jeff Goodman reported that Fredette suffered an injury to his quad while showing the Knicks what he's got. Then again, he was working out for the Knicks — who's to say he wasn't faking?
Actually, now that I think about it: play in college in a Mormon town or flirt with playing for the Knicks. A tough choice, indeed.
Back on topic: Fredette's range is what made him debate leaving and going for NBA gold. Why not? There aren't three shooters left in college who are more deadly from anywhere on the floor. He's got to seriously work on his defense and bulk up a bit more if he's to get a look at a good spot in the 2011 Draft. Also, though he's been a target for a while now for BYU opponents, NBA guys like to see how offensive threats such as Fredette can handle being the focal point of a scouting report.
There will be pressure on Fredette to prove he can average 22 per game (what he did last year) when everyone in the country is expecting him to do it.
But one of the better visual players to see an phonic names to utter is coming back. Jimmer! We love you for it!
- Jimmer Fredette