007The Cougars lost their conference championship in 2010-11, but
they received an at large bid. I think they deserved one because New Mexico,
UNLV, and SDSU were really good teams. I can argue losing the conference that
year makes Fredette less than successful, but I think he was plenty
successful.Weber State for sure deserved an NIT-bid, but they
aren't a big market, so they weren't picked. If Lillard was padding
his stats, he wouldn't have averaged five less shots a game than Fredette.
He was more than willing to pass when double teamed. He had less supporting
help--which makes his stats more impressive.Really, I have nothing
against Fredette. I don't necessarily like his style of play (evidence is
the last shot against the Jazz--he really didn't want to give up the ball),
but I wish him the best. It's just tough to deal with the yokels here who
push the hype. Fredette is good--Lillard is a better overall player. I wish
both players the best. Both are great people who really deserve all their
success. Have a good one!
Been following lillard for a couple of years, the kid can play! congratulations
to him and his family, he will be in the nba for a long time...
Wildcat-Being able to carry his team to a 25-win season is
commendable, yes. But padding stats against Big Sky competition and only
getting to the CIT is not great success. Nevertheless, good for him and I hope
he makes the most out of this opportunity.
@Tom in CAI will have to respectfully disagree with you on the
ballhog issue. He took many poor shot selections from way past the three-point
line, sure it was cute when he made them, but it looked pretty bad when he
missed them. I think the supporting players didn't get enough credit that
year. I think Emery was an excellent player with a great shot which helped
teams honest. When Jimmermania was reaching its peak, Fredette would only pass
when double-teamed as a last resort. It was painful to see the final minutes of
the Florida game in the NCAA tournament. I almost thought he was going to take
off his shoes and heave them at the hoop.He's a great talent,
but I don't think he has overall skills and a good team concept like
Lillard. Lillard is clearly better and doesn't get the hype. Fredette
averaged 20.7s attempts his senior year--Lillard 15.5. Lillard had better stats
without as much help. Since the D-News doesn't have a man crush on Lillard
like they do Fredette, I feel I have to help inform people.
Portland Trailblazers will take everything they can get from Utah.Just ask Wesley Matthews.
He's better than Jim??? Well - Jim was the leading scorer in
all of NCAA Division I basketball during his BYU senior season and earned every
major National Player of the Year honor, including the Wooden Award, the
Naismith Award, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Jim is
pretty good.Wildcat:Freddette was anything BUT a ball
hog. Don't know who you were watching. He had the same assist numbers as
Lillard. By the way, Jimmer's job was to "handle the ball" and
score. He did his job. Why not give Jimmer his just due instead of talking trash
He's better than Jim.
@ rogerdpack2Yes, he was playing against Big Sky teams, but his
numbers were pretty much the same across the board with tougher teams (Cal, San
Diego State, etc.) plus he didn't have a ton of scoring ability around him,
so he saw double and triple teams all season long.The scouts are
right, he has great range and create his own shots, but he can also defend and
pass as well. Not much of a gamble, even at number 6. Good luck Damian!The draft party yesterday in O-town was awesome, thanks to WSU and Ogden
for putting it together!
When is portland trailblazer going to come out from under his rock? I thought
this would excite him.
Does no one at Deseret News know or does no one there care that the 45th pick in
the Draft is a kid from Alpine UT that played at Lone Peak Highschool? Pretty
blown away that they have not mentioned a word about it. Good luck to Justin
Congrats to Damian. Wish him luck in the NBA. I guess my only question mark is
"second in scoring in the NCAA", but playing in the Big Sky, hope that
translates well to the NBA.
Good kid. Good for him. Hope he has great success.
Congradulations Damian on being the #6 pick. What an exciting draft last night.
You have got to where you are through hard work and the ethic's of hard
work and what can be accomplished. You will do well at Portland and a great
leader for your new team. You have showed that with hard work you can be
successul from a mid major school. You will truly be missed first of all by your
team mates,coaches and fans. Thank you for the great memories and inspiration
you have made at Weber State. I know Coach Rahe and his staff will miss you,
and so will we. God Bless!
@007I think Lillard was plenty successful. You're good at
numbers, but your interpretation of success is questionable--second in the NCAA
in scoring would be considered by just about anyone to be successful, and
apparently he had some level of success if he decided to leave a year early.
Unlike the Fredette, Lillard was concerned about his team and not his publicity.
I actually hope that the Fredette (seems like a good person--I just don't
appreciate his ballhog style of play and the glorification thereof by many
yokels in Utah) does well in the NBA, but I think his game won't work in
the pros. Quiet success beats loud ineffectiveness any day. Time will tell.
Cheers, and I echo your sentiments--congrats to him and Weber State!
Wildcat-Yes, you correctly figured out that six comes before 10,
congratulations. Although he didn't have great success or much fanfare in
college, I hope Damian finds great success in the NBA. Congrats Damian and
I do believe Lillard went higher than the Fredette (a.k.a. the great white
hope). All the best to Lillard! He's an awesome player and plays a team
concept. He's got a great career ahead of him. Can't wait to see him
play against the local NBA team.