Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder scored 47 points in an NBA game Wednesday night. But he only ranked his performance second-best.
The man Durant claims as his superior? BYU senior guard Jimmer Fredette.
On his Twitter account late Wednesday night, Durant posted this exclamation: "Jimmer Fredette is the best scorer in the world!!"
Washington Wizards guard John Wall wasn't far behind, tweeting, "Jimmer Fredette is cold! Respect."
They should know. Fredette spent time with the USA Men's Basketball camp last summer, where he got to match up against talent like Durant, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Stephen Curry. So NBA stars have seen Jimmer's game first-hand -- and they're not shy about giving props.
But Fredette deflected the praise back to Durant when informed of the tweet. "You know, I think I have to disagree with him a little on that," Fredette said in an ESPN interview. "I think that he's the best scorer in the world right now... I appreciate it, though, Kevin."
Fellow college players tweeted their own sentiments, too. Ohio State center and player of the year candidate Jared Sullinger said Fredette was "going off right now. Pure scorer." And Arizona forward Derrick Williams, who had a front-row seat to Fredette's 49-point explosion last season, tweeted, "The only way you're stopping Jimmer is when the game ends."
Even NBA writers took notice. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski commented, "Texted with a couple NBA execs at BYU tonight. Says one of Jimmer: 'Normal questions about size and athleticism, but he's a special scorer.'" And ESPN analyst Chad Ford tweeted, "Jimmer Fredette is good. NBA scouts are tough to impress, but even they are giving in. Huge game for his draft stock tonight. San Diego State has NBA caliber athletes. If Fredette can score against them, he can score in the NBA."
Fredette's fame spread like wildfire across Twitter Wednesday night, reaching beyond the world of hoops. Rapper Nelly said he was "definitely the truth!!" Musician Adam Duritz of the band Counting Crows likened him to another Utah athlete, Jazz guard Deron Williams: "I remember Williams in college. Fredette looks comparable to that." And San Diego State alumnus and current Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison, who was at the game in Provo Wednesday, said, "Can't lie; tonight we got Jimmered."
Morrison also posted a photo of Fredette behind the relative safety of the scorers' tables, surrounded by thronging fans -- a fitting symbol of the attention that Jimmermania continues to bring.
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