Lillard picked 6th by Trail Blazers

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  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    June 30, 2012 10:21 a.m.


    The 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!

    June 29, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    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...

  • 007 Layton, UT
    June 29, 2012 5:53 p.m.


    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.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    June 29, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    @Tom in CA

    I 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.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    June 29, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    Portland Trailblazers will take everything they can get from Utah.

    Just ask Wesley Matthews.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    June 29, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    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.


    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 about him.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 29, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    He's better than Jim.

  • Wildfan Ogden, UT
    June 29, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    @ rogerdpack2

    Yes, 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!

  • Man in Charge Washington, DC
    June 29, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    When is portland trailblazer going to come out from under his rock? I thought this would excite him.

  • Duhman Orem, UT
    June 29, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    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 Hamilton

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    June 29, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    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.

  • SpaceCowboy69 Syracuse, UT
    June 29, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    Good kid. Good for him. Hope he has great success.

  • Kando Sterling, Kansas
    June 29, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    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!

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    June 29, 2012 12:14 a.m.


    I 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!

  • 007 Layton, UT
    June 28, 2012 11:01 p.m.

    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 Weber State!

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    June 28, 2012 10:25 p.m.

    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.