While basketball fans from upstate New York to BYU to China enjoy Jimmer Fredette’s sharpshooting act, there is an intriguing sequel in the works.
The world is familiar with Jimmermania, of course.
Girardmania might be the next big things.
Sharpshooter Joe Girard III, a junior in high school, has been compared to The Jimmer with the way he lights it up from outside and scores en masse.
And get this: Girard grew up in the same town as Fredette and is poised to break the former BYU star's scoring record at Glens Falls High.
“He’s way ahead of what I was at his age," Fredette told the New York Post. "He’s scoring the basketball at an amazing amount. He’s going to kill my records."
If BYU coaches get their way, Girard will keep following Fredette's path across the country to Provo. The 6-foot-1 guard was offered a scholarship as a sophomore. He attended the Cougars' game against UMass at the Barclays Center last week.
Girard is giving BYU serious consideration.
"Being from the same school as Jimmer and knowing what he did at that school, it’s a great school and a great system," Girard told ESPN 960. "I like the style of play and their coaching staff is great.
"Their style of play fits me perfectly and definitely the connection with Jimmer will help me understand the place a lot more. Overall, I just really like the culture they’ve made and the style of basketball and the academics they provide."
The spotlight is starting too really shine on Girard, who has 10 scholarship offers heading into his junior season. He also got some national love this week from Bleacher Report.
Girard met Fredette while attending a youth camp put on by the professional basketball player. The two have worked out together and keep in touch. The younger athlete, a varsity player since the eighth grade, entered this season just 247 points shy of Fredette's school scoring record with 2,157 points.
JG3 could even break New York's all-time scoring record of 2,946 this season, the New York Post reported. Lance Stephenson, now with the Indiana Pacers, set that mark between 2005-09 at Brooklyn's Lincoln High.
A talented quarterback, Girard has even received a football scholarship offer.
Girard is having fun with the attention, having retweeted the Bleacher Report video numerous times. He also shared this fun post about what the future might sound like.
Girard isn’t resting on his laurels or the lofty comparison.
Speaking of Jimmer
Fredette continues to put up crazy numbers for the Shanghai Sharks in China.
Fredette now leads the CBA in scoring with 41.7 points an outing, including 48 percent accuracy from 3-point range. He's also chipping in 7.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
The manufacturer of jerseys for some of Utah's professional teams seems to have a Midas touch. The Utah Jazz debuted their alternate gold uniforms last week — to mixed reviews — and Real Salt Lake hinted that the state's new pro women's soccer team will also have gold uniforms.
RSL's official Twitter account tweeted out "Be bold, go gold" with a close up of a gold jersey earlier this week.
Give the Jazz a gold star for their response.
We wrote about the budding rivalry between Weber State and Southern Utah earlier this season after the T-Birds beat the Wildcats in Ogden, 32-16. That only figures to escalate after this weekend. On Saturday, the two ranked co-Big Sky champions face each other in the FCS playoffs round of 16. Kickoff is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff in Cedar City. It will be televised live on ESPN3.
The only other football drama this weekend for local teams revolves around bowl invitations for Utah and Utah State. Both programs are bowl eligible with 6-6 records. The Utes are a certainty to be playing later this month, but it remains to be seen if the Aggies will receive an invitation.
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Here are some highlights of the local sports schedule this weekend:
NBA: Jazz vs. New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Men’s basketball: Utah vs. Hawaii, 5 p.m.; BYU at Utah State, 7 p.m.; Utah Valley vs. UTSA, 7 p.m.; Men’s basketball: SUU vs. San Diego Christian; Dixie State vs. Academy of Art, 3:30 p.m.; Westminster at Western State Colorado, 7:30 p.m.; Snow vs. Eastern Florida, 4 p.m., at Melbourne, Fla.; USU Eastern vs. Impact, Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Women’s basketball: Utah vs. Saint Mary’s, 2:30 p.m.; BYU at Colorado State, 3:30 p.m.; Utah State at Maui Classic; UVU at Pepperdine, 2 p.m.; Weber State at Oregon, 3 p.m.; Dixie State vs. Academy of Art, 1:30 p.m.; Westminster at Western State Colorado, 5:30 p.m.; SLCC vs. Chemeketa JC, 1 p.m. (CSI tournament); Snow vs. Colorado Springs, 3 p.m. (Willow Creek Inn Invitational); USU Eastern vs. Pima, 1 p.m., at Ephraim (Badger tournament)