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BYU basketball: The nation is all a Twitter about Jimmer Fredette

Published: Thursday, Jan. 27 2011 9:07 p.m. MST

PROVO — Here's a sampling of what writers, celebrities and athletes are saying, blogging or tweeting about BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette.

Nelly_Mo, the famous rap star who has 1 million followers to his Twitter, posted:

"If u like college basketball like me u have to check out this dude name jimmer Fredette from BYU he is definitely the truth!!"

Washington Wizard point guard John Wall, a candidate for NBA's 2011 Rookie of the Year award who was the league's No. 1 draft pick in 2010, tweeted: "Jimmer Fredette is cold #respect"

Derrick Williams, guard for the Arizona Wildcats, who guarded Fredette in December at Energy Solutions Arena, posted to his followers on Twitter: "The only way you stopping Jimmer… is when the game is over."

Ohio State post player Jared Sullinger, a candidate with Fredette for national player of the year tweeted: "Yooo Jimmer is going off right now. Pure scorer."

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, tweeted on Wednesday night: "Jimmer Fredette is the greatest scorer in the world!!" That post received multiple featured mentions on SportsCenter and elicited side-by-side comparisons of statistics from Durant and Fredette.

Bill Simmons, one of ESPN's most popular columnists, tweeted: "Rumor has it @dmorey (Houston Rockets' GM Daryl Morey) is in Provo right now getting his Jimmer on. He's the guy wearing the 'Yao Ming's contract is almost over!' t-shirt."

Draftexpress editor Johnathan Givony of Draftexpress.com wrote: "Had to give Jimmer Fredette a bump in rankings after that. BYU's schedule has been questionable till now. But tonight was unbelievable."

ESPN analyst Chad Ford, who moved Fredette up to No. 12 on his NBA draft board after Wednesday's win, tweeted: "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."

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