BYU basketball: Focus on Jimmer Fredette hasn't hurt Cougar chemistry

Published: Friday, Dec. 31 2010 10:00 p.m. MST

"We have different players stepping up every night," Hartsock said. "And Jimmer is really good at recognizing where the open shots are and we have players who are capable of knocking down those shots. As long as we keep winning we're going to be pretty happy with the roles we all play."

Swingmen Kyle Collinsworth, Charles Abouo and Stephen Rogers provide the Cougars with the defensive stops and rebounds needed to run. All three are also outstanding at finishing at the rim and converting on open looks.

"I think our guys have done an excellent job of doing whatever roles we've needed on any given night to get things done. Everyone has stepped up in different capacities to help us win," Fredette said.

When teams focus on doubling Fredette outside and keeping him out of the paint, that leaves center Brandon Davies matched up one-on-one in the post. He's proven to be almost unstoppable in those situations. When Creighton's defense was totally focused on Fredette, Davies sealed the win by scoring BYU's final 14 points and finishing with a career-high 24. He's now scored in double figures in six straight games.

"Everyone contributes on this team in one way or another," Davies said. "Jimmer is a great player and when he gets most of the attention, that just gives the rest of us opportunities. Fortunately we've been able to take advantage of that."

Fredette himself hasn't been slowed by the defensive attention he's getting these days. With his final season of Mountain West Conference play set to begin next week, he's averaging 25 points per game and has scored more than 30 three times. On Thursday he scored a season-high 34 points, including 28 in the second half.

Fredette's senior season, so far, has tracked exactly as billed. And he credits much of that to his teammates.

"We don't really talk very much about the notoriety that's come to myself and the team this year. We've been able to stay focused on our team and focused on trying to get better. We have a really close group here, with guys that really like each other. We don't really care who gets the attention or the credit, we just like that we are getting attention and respect, and that we're winning," Fredette said.

Cougars on the Air

No. 16 BYU (13-1) vs. Fresno Pacific (10-4)

Today, 7 p.m.

Marriott Center

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