ESPYS: Jimmer Fredette awarded Best Male College Athlete

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    July 16, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    Cael Sanderson won an ESPY for his 159-0 career record. I think it was in the same category as Jimmer, Best Male College Athlete.

  • Willard Mesquite, NV
    July 16, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    I think it is always an honor when our local athletes are honored. It doesn't matter the university or sport. Everyone has some opinion, thats why they vote on the awards. Anyone who begrudges Jimmer this honor, in my opinion, either doesn't understand the process or is small minded. I was happy when Utah had two number one draft picks. I feel good when Steve Smith makes a diving catch.
    My personal opinion is that on this thread it is fun to banter back and forth. That is, until it becomes about religion or personal. Most of those IMHO who critize most severely, could not stand under the microscope that they try to put others under. Just saying.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    July 16, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    Lone Star Cougar

    "Has any other Utah Team had one of these?"

    ESPYs have been awarded since 1993 and many of the categories for ESPYs change from year to year. There might have been a few players with Utah connections who played on teams that won an ESPY, but these are the only individuals with Utah connections who have won an ESPY:

    Best Male Athlete - Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers, 1995

    Male USA Olympic Athlete - Rulon Gardner, 2001

    Best Male College Athlete - Jimmer Fredette, BYU, 2011

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    July 15, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    Has any other Utah Team had one of these?

  • goodDr. sandy, UT
    July 15, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    I was Karl Malone's personal Doctor, and sold cars to Stockton, also, I was the personal chef to the Pope and I washed the cars for the Harlem Globetrotters. Jimmer will never be the best power forward in the NBA, never break the all time assist record, never live in the Vatican, and never be from Harlem. In fact, he should just be happy with being a top 10 pick in the NBA draft. What a sad ending to an average career.

    (sarcasm is free with this post)

  • AZJazzFan Gold Canyon, az
    July 15, 2011 1:46 a.m.

    It has been exciting seeing Jimmer with the acolades, they just keep coming and will continue for the next 20 years. Sad the Jazz did not recognize the talents of the best college player playing in their backyard. KOC stated he slept well after the draft. He will eventually see him in is worse nightmares, hitting 3's like he has. As good as he is he will continue to improve. The Jazz should have picked him at 3 and if they had, it would be considered a steal when the draft is looked back in hindsight.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    July 14, 2011 8:00 p.m.

    And this was the guy that wasn't good enough for the NBA draft, was a one-trick pony, a ball hog, a gimmick, arrogant, etc.

    You BYU haters continue to crack me up. Keep it coming, the more you post, the sillier it gets.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    July 14, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Saying Jimmer can't play defense because he didn't during his senior year is just being close-minded and anti-anything-BYU.

    Those of us who watched his career, and know that he ranks among the top in steals historically for BYU, know he CAN play good enough defense to hold his own, when he needs to.

    The ultimate defensive play is a steal. And Jimmer had plenty of them during his BYU career, including during his senior year.

    He simply had a different purpose his last year than emphasizing defense.

    Can't say DUH loud enough!

    He'll do just fine in the NBA, which BTW is made up of mostly previous college students, not supermen that never went through college to get to the pros.

    ALL NBA players had a learning curve when they went pro.

    Gonna love it when Mr. Fredette jimmers ya'll! Provided we ever have an NBA again.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    July 14, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Sorry, this award should have gone to Anthony Robles of Arizona State who was born with one leg and won an NCAA championship, a truly inspiring story. He also went undefeated on the season.

    For the record, I love Jimmer and if Robles couldn't win the award he would be my choice, but my choice would have been Robles.

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    July 14, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    @Deepblue, they are winners and Jimmer is just a "glimmer" at this point. Rodgers and Timberlake have done "it." They won the prize in their fields.

  • Walter Bellhaven Las Vegas, Nevada
    July 14, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    Taking the Jimmer at 3 would've been as brilliant as the decision to have JT and Janet Jackson perform the Half Time show at the Super Bowl; wardrobe malfunction and all.

  • Insensitive Sasquatch St. George, UT
    July 14, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    HAHA Byu fans... If they aren't arguing with Utah about sports they are arguing amongst themselves about Byu players.

    Anyways, despite being a Utah fan, grats to Jimmer on great year and hopefully he can thrive at the next level

  • Mom of 2 Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 14, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    Who's Jimmer?

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    July 14, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    Thankfully, this is the end of James Fredette's 15 minutes of fame. Now it's on to being a back up guard in Sacramento. Can anyone name a back up guard from last year's Kings team? Didn't think so.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    July 14, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    But I don't understand...according to you... everybody hates BYU and everything asociated with them especially in how can this be... Jimmer being so popular and all. It just doesn't make any sense...according to you...that is... and did I miss something there about you actually saying something minutely positive about Fredette???

    And wow...The Utes need to hire you to be thier PR man and personal team made it sooo possible for Karl and the Jazz to win all those NBA Championships. Let's see...How may were there again??? I bet your the guy who could take a doormat bottom feeding season like the upcoming Ute 2011 football season and transform it into roses. Yes... You're the dude who can do all of that...I'm sure.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    July 14, 2011 12:06 p.m.


    You just can't resist bashing Mormons in your posts can you? It doesn't really bother me but it does greatly detract from the credibility of your comments.

    Getting back to Jimmer, you said that "against decent competition his shooting percentage was atrocious". Explain then how Jimmer had a 45% FG and a 40% 3-pt FG percentage during his senior year while the Cougars had a top 5 RPI and notched ten wins against NCAA tournament teams. The Cougars faced plenty of "decent competition last season and every single team employed a defensive strategy that focused solely on trying to stop Jimmer and yet he still led the nation in scoring. Sorry my friend but percentages don't lie. I will concede your point on his defensive abilities but Jimmer was by far the best shooter in this year's NBA draft.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    July 14, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    @mgr63 Justin Timberlake might have well over 100 million fans worldwide and could buy Jimmer with the change that fell behind his car seat, but he lacks athleticism, can't shoot the three as well as Jimmer and doesn't play very good defense. He probably won't make it in the NBA and the Jazz didn't draft him either. What exactly is your point?

  • Barack Obama Phoenix, AZ
    July 14, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    Love The Jimmer but cannot stand the ESPYs (or all the million award shows). Hey lets pat ourselves on the back even more that we already do. It just constantly reminds me that ESPN wants so desperately to be like MTV.

  • Starfarer Mesa, AZ
    July 14, 2011 11:16 a.m.


    What I don't understand about your post, and many others like it is this...

    Before Carl Malone, Pete, or even Jordan, there is always someone they will never measure up to, someone in the past that was "The Best." I am confident that some one, somewhere told people that Jordan would never be better than _____ (you pick the person.) In fact, I remember reading an article or two when Jordan went out with his knee injury that he would never come back and dominate ever again.

    Yet, they rose to greatness.

    Now, I as much as I like Jimmer, I am not comparing him to Pete, or Jordan, but all greatness starts somewhere. All undefeated seasons start with a single win. All records broken start the same.

    "Cougie fans" dare to compare, just like every other fans dare to compare. Comparing them is how we put them in context. What would Pete have done with a 3 point line? What would Jimmer have been in Pete's time? No one knows.

    BYU fans are no different than any other fans. But kudos for getting in a couple of anti-mormon, anti-Utah, and anti-BYU jabs.

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    July 14, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    I loved the Jazz! I was Karl Malone's personal advertising photographer for 9 years. I am glad that the Utah Jazz didn't take Jimmer. Of course every Utah Mormon wanted him to stay in that weird place. Why wouldn't they? Yes, he is a tremendous talent, but against decent competition his shooting percentage was atrocious and he really has never shown that he can play tight D. Yes, he made the BYU cagers relevant, finally after 30 years, but in NBA play he could get burned by many people that are in that league currently. His 40 foot 3s would never be allowed by any coach in the NBA. I admire Jimmer and his character......but he ain't no Pete Maravich in any way. Pete, was the best all-around basketball player ever to play college hoops......hands down. Why do cougie fans dare compare?.....ridiculous.

  • lasermann Orem, UT
    July 14, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    Where does Jimmer keep all these trophies? He's gonna need two homes.

    Congrats and thanks for a great year!

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    July 14, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    Who is Justin Timberlake and why should such a nonentity be in a picture with the athletes of the year? Was he some token presenter?

    Congrats to Jimmer, Derek and the Mavs. Well deserved recognition. I imagine I will get to see the Cougars BB team in the sweet 16 a few more times in my life but I doubt I will ever see the Utes achieve that before I die. Too bad because with all the money the Utah program will have available they still may not be able to compete at the level they achieved in 1998. Good if they do though.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    July 14, 2011 10:41 a.m.


    The most important feature of that photo is that Justin Timberlake and Aaron Rodgers are in the photo with Jimmer holding the ESPY trophy, and Kemba Walker and Cam Newton are NOT!

  • cymrul West Valley City, UT
    July 14, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    I just hope that when he starts playing with the big boys he can live up to all the hype. If I remember correctly, Greg Ostertag was supposed to be a great player too. Just sayin'....

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    July 14, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    I think Fredette was thrilled to have his pic taken with Timberlake. Justin has well over 100 million fans worldwide and could buy Jimmer with the change that fell behind his car seat.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    July 14, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Congratulations Jimmer!

    You and Justin look cute in your matching outfits. Have fun in Sacramento.

  • rachsticle salt lake city, ut
    July 14, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    Congrats! Although, it is kind of weird that Justin Timberlake is involved with all of this.

  • MGB Saint George, UT
    July 14, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    Bobby joe hit it right on. So true. Worst decision the Jazz ever made but I hope Kanter works out for them.

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    July 14, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    I don't really care about JT, but a pic with Jimmer and Aaron Rodgers?? SWEET!

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 14, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    I was priviledged to see Jimmer play a number of games this past year in the Marriot Center. I can honestly say, after being at numerous BYU sporting events over more than 3 decades, that men's basketball this year was as fun to watch as ANY of the great moments in BYU sports. Thanks Jimmer!

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    July 14, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    Hey, Jimmer was unreal, loved watching him play.....what a talent.he was the best college athlete by far and away in my book. I guess we'll have to wait another 30 years for another Ainge or Fredette for BYU to make it to the sweet 16 again.

  • Sloppyj30 Saint Louis, MO
    July 14, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    Jazz fan, BYU fan, and Jimmer fan here. The Jazz didn't really have a shot at Jimmer once Sacramento decided they wanted him and pulled off the trade to move up to 10. Sure, the Jazz could have tried to move up from 12, but trades are rarely as simple as saying "hey, we want that player/draft pick; wanna trade?" Who do they give up? A panic trade is the last thing they wanted.

    And taking him at #3? Please, just stop. I would be giddy if Jimmer turns out to be one of the best 3 players in this draft, but none -- NONE -- of the top commentators or analysts out there had him higher than #7, and I doubt any pro scouts did either. Player evaluation is an inexact science at best. Kanter was a very defensible pick, but given his lack of experience, he could be a stud or a complete bust. The only thing I'm sure about is that I have no idea how Jimmer, Kanter, or Burks will turn out long term.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    July 14, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    I can't forget this gem (typical myopic Y hatred) from UtahCountyUte:

    "Jimmer Fredette and BYU basketball are not nationally relevant."

    Congratulations to Jimmer. Keep proving the naysayers wrong well into a hopefully long and storied NBA career.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 14, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    A nice honor for a fine young man. To other commenters, there is no need to detract from the accomplishments of others or compare athletes. Just let everyone enjoy the moment.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    July 14, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    Justin Timberlake has to feel like the luckiest guy in the world to get a picture with Jimmer.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    July 14, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    Might as well enjoy the ride while he can!!! I did get a chuckle out of Jimmer saying his "girlfriend" made him look good on the red carpet!

  • Independence Is Bliss San Jose, CA
    July 14, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    Atta boy, Jimmer! Is he ever not going to win an award he's nominated for?

    Perhaps Jake Heaps will be in the mix next year?

  • Jazz2Win Provo, UT
    July 13, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    Still beyond me how the Jazz managed to miss on the opportunity to draft Jimmer.

  • Axe-man OREM, UT
    July 13, 2011 11:28 p.m.

    I am a huge Jimmer fan, but I need to correct something that is repeated incorrectly by many fans. Jimmer didn't break every record Danny Ainge set. Jimmer Fredette scored more points than any BYU player in history. Jackson Emery has more steals than any Cougar ever. And Matt Montague has the most assists of any Y player. Guess who's number two on each of those lists? Danny Ainge played had more consistent scorers on his team, so unlike Jimmer, Ainge didn't always draw double- or triple-teams. Jimmer had to fight with a bigger target on his back than Ainge. Overall, though, it took three guys to break Ainge's records. And if the 3-point line had been adopted before the 1977 season, Ainge would've put the points record out of reach. Jimmer got an extra 296 points because he shoots long.

    Of course, Ainge got to start all four years, whereas Jimmer wasn't allowed to play ahead of capable (but non-All-Star) Ben Murdock as a freshman. Jimmer's #4 in steals and #5 in assists; he's a phenomenal player. But Ainge may have been better.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    July 13, 2011 11:14 p.m.


    Florida had to double- and triple-team Jimmer to slow him down. Try that in the NBA, and you'll be destroyed by players who truly are left unguarded.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    July 13, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    Looks like good guys CAN finish first!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    July 13, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    Mountanman | 9:20 p.m. July 13, 2011 , As great as Danny Ainge was, Jimmer broke every record Danny set!
    I'm a big Jimmer fan, but actually, it took the careers of BOTH BYU's starting guards to break Ainge's record. That said, Go Jimmer! Wish you'd been acquired by the Jazz!

    just-a-fan | 9:32 p.m. July 13, 2011
    Bountiful, UT
    Ainge had great success witht he CEltics but one has to wonder how great he would have been has he not been teamed iwht Bird, McHale, Parrish and DJ. I can't stand it when people make such ignorant comments about Jommer's future.

    Actually, one does not have to wonder. Ainge was also a key cog in two other teams reaching the NBA Finals: The Trailblazers and the Suns. Seems you were ignorant of Ainge's past.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    July 13, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    That is he last picture you will see of him unguarded now that he is in the NBA just like what happened with Florida,.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    July 13, 2011 11:00 p.m.

    Chris B | 3:39 p.m. April 29, 2010

    "Jimmer is not even in the top 10 players - in the MWC. He is way ovverated, can't play D, will probably be sick half of next season, and average 10 and 2. Sorry tds, your team is going nowhere. It will be another 20 years until your next tourney win."

    DesNews | 8:50 p.m. July 13, 2011

    "After winning nearly every collegiate national player of the year honor including the Naismith, Wooden and AP awards, former BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette added one more award Wednesday night: the ESPY for Best Male College Athlete."

    CONGRATS Jimmer on one of the most memorable performances in college basketball history!

  • yourmomgoestocollege Las Vegas, NV
    July 13, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    I don't think Jimmer is a better "athlete" than Cam Newton, as the award suggests. The award he should have been given (but doesn't exist) should be along the lines of most fascinating or outstanding male college athlete. But I was still excited to see him get it. Hopefully there will be an NBA season so that we can watch him!

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    July 13, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    Congrats Jimmer, well deserved! Looking forward to watching you Jimmer the NBA with the Kings!

  • Portland Trail Blazers Sandy, UT
    July 13, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    Great picture!

    Jimmer fan for LIFE!

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    July 13, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Jimmer has already made his mark.
    He will be followed from now on, no matter where he plays, and will draw bigger crowds and more dinero for any team he plays for, even the lowly Clippers.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    July 13, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    I didn't think he was going to get this one. Great honor. Go Kings!

  • Bobby joe SAINT GEORGE, UT
    July 13, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    Well deserved Jimmer! Jazz should have picked you at 3! It would have been sweet seeing you 30'feet out and seeing the defense pick their poison between you, Favors and big Al. Also, may you light it up against every team that passed you up; including Oconner, Hornacek, Miller, Corbin, and Layden. It would have been sweet watching the Jazz rebuild with you, Favors, and Hayward. And you played great defense at BYU as people don't remember all the steals you had early in your career, including the picking of pocket against A&M at midcourt... If I know that, why don't NBA/jazz scouts???
    Guess who's jersey will outsell the whole Jazz teams this year by himself? Jimmers! Oh what could have been. Jazz had a DWill, Stockton, Mark Price, Steve Nash, and Rocky all in one package and didn't want it. He even wanted to be here. oh what could have been. Mark my words...

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    July 13, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    Way to Go Jimmer!

    He's a King!

  • bballjunkie Cedar Hills, UT
    July 13, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    I guess he is more known than just by BYU fans. Great job Jimmer!

  • BlueSaint South Jordan, UT
    July 13, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    With all the Awards and Trophies at BYU, now you can add an ESPY! The premiere University in the state, with the Premiere athletes. There is no doubt!

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    July 13, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    OK, reality check...The ESPY and other awards were given to Jimmer for what he achieved this year. Why bring up Danny Aunge? Ainge had great success witht he CEltics but one has to wonder how great he would have been has he not been teamed iwht Bird, McHale, Parrish and DJ. I can't stand it when people make such ignorant comments about Jommer's future. Congrats to a great young man on an amazing year.

  • DaveRL OGDEN, UT
    July 13, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    Congrats, well done Jimmer.

  • Realistic Goggles Alpine, UT
    July 13, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Jimmer is a tremendous talent but he is an even better person! I just love seeing good things happen to good people.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 13, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    As great as Danny Ainge was, Jimmer broke every record Danny set!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 13, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    The bling just keeps on coming! Congrats Jimmer. Did I mention, I'm now a Kings fan?

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 13, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    I guess I missed responses from Ute fans admitting they were wrong after all the nasty things they said about Jimmer. Now that most of the media has recognized Jimmer, it is time for at least one Ute to admit they were wrong.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    July 13, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    Nice Jimmer! That is awesome! What an incredible year! Thanks for coming back for your senior season! Best choice ever!

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    July 13, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    Congratulations! Way to Jimmer the ESPY's!

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    July 13, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    He will never achieve the greatness of Danny Ainge.

  • SoCalTrueBlue San Diego, CA
    July 13, 2011 9:00 p.m.

    What's next? Is there an annual award for world's greatest athlete?

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 13, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Congrats, Jimmer. Keep up the good work. Have fun playing for the Kings.