Dick Harmon: Jimmer Fredette hopes to give his fans another show
At BYU, Fredette finished his career facing double- and triple-team defenses that were extended to three-quarters or full court to specifically pressure him as a point guard. Still, he led the NCAA in scoring. Many thought Fredette would see more daylight in the NBA where more team talent would prevent such defensive ploys on one player.
"It is different," said Fredette. "There is lot more space in the NBA game and you aren't doubled or tripled on a nightly basis and that's great but you are defended by a quicker, longer and stronger defender.
"It's all about finding your spot, getting into the lane and when you shoot the ball, you have to do it quicker because they react a lot quicker in the NBA. It's something I'm learning. I think I'm doing better the last week and a half and I'm trying to improve every day."
A year ago in Utah, "Jimmertime" was in full bloom and a crazy, intense spotlight followed Fredette around for the remainder of his BYU career to the extent he stopped attending classes on campus.
He says life is less insane now.
"It is more sane for sure. Now you get into a rhythm, know what you are going to do on any given day. The travel is something else. It's been going very, very well and I'm in more of a routine now that the season has started after things being kind of crazy since the draft. I'm just playing the game I love."
Deseret Book will release a DVD this week in conjunction with Fredette's return to Utah. It is entitled "The Making of Jimmer," and features rare family video, action clips and interviews with coaches, players, friends and basketball analysis on his life and career leading up to the NBA draft.
In a sense, he's returned to a region lying in wait to drink of the hype pool all over again.
Many Fredette followers in Utah wonder how close he was to coming to the Jazz, if there was any interest in Utah moving him up in the first round.
He says he doesn't know.
"I'm not exactly sure how close [it came] to moving up. I heard rumors about it but didn't really know what was happening on draft day, just waited for my name to be called. Saturday, he'll be as close to a Jazz uniform as he wants to be.
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