Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 2:21 pm
In our Trippin’ series, we’re talking to teams as they return from preseason trips to foreign locales. Click here for all Trippin’ related stories.
By Jeff Goodman
The Jimmer is gone and so is his backcourt mate, three-year starter Jackson Emery. BYU associate head coach Dave Rice got the head job at his alma mater, UNLV, and the Cougars will make their debut in a new league, the WCC, this season.
"I had a few things come my way this past offseason," Rose admitted in terms of new job opportunities. "And I felt this was almost like a new job."
Rose recently returned from a trip to Greece, where he brought nine guys with him and said that just about every game was one-sided - one way or the other.
"We were either way better or the team was better than us," Rose said. "But it was a great experience. We learned a lot - and a couple of guys stepped up."
What he learned from his trip: "How different we'll be as far as scoring the ball is concerned. You don't truly realize it until you play without those two guys. We were backcourt dominated and over the years it hasn't been that way. We'll go back to relying on our frontcourt."
Who stood out on the trip: "Brock Zylstra was our leading scorer. He's a guy who redshirted as a freshman, went on a mission and has been Jackson's back-up the last two years. We played him at the point and he was pretty effective at that position."
What concerns you: "The point guard position. I'm comfortable with the frontcourt, where we've got experience, depth and leadership. Our two-guards will be able to score, but point guard is a question. We've got four guys who have a chance - maybe even five." The five are Matt Carlino, junior Nick Martineau, walk-on Craig Cusick, freshman walk-on Austin Nelson and Zylstra.
- Recently reinstated big man Brandon Davies was one of five players who did not play on the trip. Davies' season ended early last year when he was suspended for breaking the school's honor code. "He enrolled in school a little more than a week ago and went through individual workouts this week," Rose said. "It's nice to see him back. He looks good; a little out of shape." Rose said that the 6-foot-9 junior could be the focal point of the offense. "I think so. I hope to use him like we did Trent (Plaisted) and throw him the ball in the post. He needs to make positive plays in the post and that doesn't always mean scoring the ball."
- Carlino, who transferred in last year from UCLA, did not play on the trip. He was allowed to practice and will be eligible in mid-December. "I like him. He's got a lot of qualities that are really good for us in a point guard. He advances the ball, sees the floor, can create and can shoot."
- A pair of big guys who returned from missions - Nate Austin and Ian Harward - didn't go on the trip. "Both are really big inside guys who can run. Nate is skilled on the perimeter and can shoot it from 17 to 19 feet while Ian is more of an inside player - a rugged type who is a good defensive rebounder. I don't know how big of a scorer he'll be."
- Chris Collinsworth, who underwent a microfracture knee surgery, didn't play on the trip. However, Rose is optimistic that the 6-foot-9 sophomore forward will be ready for the start of practice in mid-October. "From the conversations I've had with the doctors, I'm optimistic. He's going to be a really good player for us."
- Rose confirmed he'll coach an exhibition game in Provo on Sept. 22 involving what he's told could wind up being as many as a dozen first-round picks. Rose will lead a team with Jimmer Fredette, who has been working out at BYU throughout the lockout, while San Diego State coach Steve Fisher will coach a group led by ex-Aztecs star Kawhi Leonard. Kemba Walker and Nolan Smith have also been confirmed participants.
- Emery has opted to go into the business world instead of playing overseas. "He had a couple of offers overseas," Rose said. "But he was a business major and had an offer in the private sector, with ownership in the business. It was hard for him, but it was a terrific offer."
- Rose spoke highly of freshman wing Demarcus Harrison and the job he did on the trip.
- Rose also said the trip was beneficial with the staff change. Former Kentucky forward and Wake Forest assistant Mark Pope replaced Rice and will work with the big men.
Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:11 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 9:28 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander
We didn't infuse any bin Laden news into our coverage today for a few reasons. (Did like this angle, though.) But in the interest of creativity and good humor, we'll move on from that and admit this is a pretty fantastic Solo cup-created sign currently on display in -- where else? -- Provo, Utah. According to the tipster, the sign proudly clings above an overpass on University Parkway, which is near the city limits of Provo.
The exclamation is actually rather on-point; bin Laden reportedly took a shot in the eye -- just as Jimmer did to many an opponent. That is, when he wasn't shooting bombs from out on his island, 35 feet away from the tin. The phrase "You got Jimmer'd" (or "You've Been Jimmered," as the music video proclaimed) became a taunting chant from BYU fans whenever the Cougars played at home, or even in the NCAA tournament; Cougars fans deemed it so at the opening weekend in Denver, when BYU moved on to the Sweet 16. The phrase has a Facebook page. The verbiage also took on a life of its own via posterboard, as many fans used it on homemade signs.
I suppose it was only a matter of time until we came to this logical conclusion and realization as Americans, tying one man's death with a slogan so many of us know and interpret cogently. In fact, I'll be surprised if this sign doesn't take on a "CLAPTON IS GOD" cult-like dispersion around greater Utah in the coming weeks.
Once again, well-played, Cougs fans.
Photo via David Mortimer
Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:51 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander
The Jimmer is on Twimmer.
Uhm. Sorry, meant to say: The Jimmer is on Twitter. And that's his profile photo. Jimmer and his girlfriend, BYU cheerleader Whitney Wonnacott. Feel the hate and envy wash over you, for he is Jimmer Fredette; he already has more followers than you; and he is enjoying the prime of his life with a beautiful companion.
The account doesn't yet have a Verified stamp, but I talked to the athletic office at BYU today, and they confirmed it. This foray into tweeting comes after a number of wannabe accounts popped up throughout the season.
Fredette has a relatively modest following -- as of now it's just 3,000-and-change. But, going forward, once he's drafted by a team, and once more and more realize he's on the tweet machine, then Fredette's flock will certainly take off. He joined the social-media behemoth less than a week ago.
Who's he following? Well, there's Erin Andrews, naturally, as well as Jared Sullinger and Nolan Smith, two guys who chased Fredette all year long in national player of the year races. (Fredette won all six trophies, by the way.)
He's only tweeted twice, so who knows what will come of this. Some athletes get Twitter; many don't, and mostly tweet inertia. Get your army built, Jimmer, and start giving us some commentary on the NBA playoffs, how it feels to graduate and what preparing for the draft -- for a second time -- feels like. That kind of tweeting will bring more interest and more followers by the minute.
Photo via Jimmer's Twitter.
Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:30 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander
Jimmer Fredette has played his last college basketball game. And so, he's likely reached the height of his American popularity.
No. 2 Florida knocked off No. 3 BYU Thursday night, winning 83-74 in overtime of the Southeast regional semifinals. Fredette, with a bandage on his chin, didn't have his finest game. It was 32 points on 11-of-29 shooting, 3-of-15 from long range. He did not score in overtime.
Only when you've wowed crowds like No. 32 did for the past two years does 32 points seem like a disappointment. It is, obviously, appropriate. Early conventional thought leaned toward the notion BYU could/would be in good shape against Florida because Fredette started cold against the Gators. It just wasn't enough. In second-weekend play, playing catch up gets everyone in trouble at one point or another.
So we're cut short of the Final Four run few thought possible but some warmed up to after the Cougars looked so good in the opening weekend.
Who outside of Gainesville didn't want to see the Jimmer Rock Tour continue for at least two more days? People who hate fun, that's who. Counter-culture freaks, I say. All credit for Florida for playing up to its lofty seed expectation (seriously, Gators, great job; a lot of people, including me, roasted your unrighteous "2" that was attached to your name 11 days ago), but there's a tinge of sadness that BYU couldn't keep it going. The tournament annually brings not-ready-for-it ends to college careers every year. Fredette's only the latest, even if among the most well-known, players to get rolled out on the conveyor belt.
The good news: Fredette's legacy at BYU will last for decades; it's easy to argue he's the most important sports figure in the history of that university.
Though he never reached the Elite Eight — something Danny Ainge did — his pop culture relevance (which was only boosted by his funny-sounding name) reached heights that only two or three players in college basketball do ... per decade.
The YouTube tributes and year-end awards will continue in the next two weeks, and then we'll turn our heads to the NBA, where Fredette's expectations are rightfully tempered and cloudy. But let's take this moment now to enjoy what he did for college basketball. You can't take away the insane, trademarked long-distance shots and the savvy ability to score all over the floor. His defense was bad — his offense more than made up for it.
Fredette went from local favorite to underground cult hero to full-blown national sensation in the past 24 months. It'll be a long time before we see anything like him again, if that's even possible.
His name will live on, undoubtedly. In 14 years, a flurry of boys will flood basketball tryouts at their local high schools, shooting ill-advised shots from 25 feet, hoping to impress the coaches evaluating them for freshmen, JV and varsity play. A good number of them will be named Jimmer.
That's power, that's iconic, and that's a legacy sure to endure.
Posted on: March 17, 2011 10:31 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 10:49 am
Posted by Matt Norlander
DENVER — They knew exactly what the afternoon brought. What happened to others, and what couldn't happen to them.
While BYU players prepared for their game against No. 14 Wofford, they killed time by watching the tournament in their hotel rooms. And they saw Butler beat Old Dominion at the buzzer. Then Morehead State upset Louisville. Princeton nearly beat Kentucky shortly thereafter. As they waited in their locker room, 50 feet from the floor in the Pepsi Center, they watched the TV mounted on the wall as No. 12 Richmond knocked off No. 5 Vanderbilt.
So, yeah, getting beat by an inferior team was on the team's mind.
"I was definitely aware of that," Jimmer Fredette said after No.3 BYU's somewhat-comfortable 74-66 win over Wofford Thursday night.
"We used it as motivation," Logan Magnusson said.
Noah Hartsock and his roommate, James Anderson, watched the Louisvlle-Morehead State game together. They were riveted. As it became in doubt late, Hartsock said he called game-winning 3-pointer seconds before it happened.
"I told him (Anderson), this 3's going in," Hartsock said. "We knew Wofford would battle, with nothing to lose, but we're in charge of what we can do."
Early, BYU wasn't necessarily on the path of becoming the next victim in Thursday's heartbreaking thrashings, but they weren't playing top-notch ball. It was a tight game early (neither team took a lead larger than five points in the first half), then BYU finally tugged itself away from the Terriers with 4:33 to go in the game, when it got its first double-digit lead of the night.
Fredette led the team, as usual, with 32 points. He passed the 1,000-point plateau for the year, becoming the 19th person in D-I history to do so. The team's now won 31 games, a school record.
It wasn't easy or natural; Fredette short-armed a lot of shots and instead opted for penetration throughout much of the second half. BYU got its win thanks to 32 from No. 32, sure, but Kyle Collinsworth grabbing a career-best 11 boards factors in, as does 10 points from Magnusson, Hartsock and Charles Abuou.
You won't hear much about BYU tonight or tomorrow because it never got threatened late. It took Wofford's best shots, then separated itself. Sometimes, winning boring is a good thing.
Now, BYU has to break through to the second round, something it hasn't done since 1981.
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:09 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 11:34 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
School career scoring record?
Player of the Year race?
All of that came true when Jimmer Fredette threw down 52 daggers in an 80-72 Mountain West tournament semifinal win over New Mexico. That's the Lobos, who beat BYU twice this season. Fredette was 22/37 in the game, 7/14 from behind the arc.
Kyle Collinsworth scored 11 and Jackson Emery had 14, but the primary job of the rest of BYU's team seemed to be to rebound and pass the ball to Jimmer.
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:30 pm
Posted by Jeff Borzello
It’s not just Jimmer Fredette and the Fighting Jimmers anymore.
BYU proved on Saturday that it is a team capable of making a run to the Final Four with its road win at San Diego State, 80-67.
Fredette had 25 points and his usual assortment of impressive finishes and jaw-dropping jump shots, but it was his nine assists that really opened some eyes.
Not counting Fredette, the Cougars went 10-for-16 from behind the 3-point line, with Charles Abouo knocking down four triples en route to 18 points and nine rebounds.
Noah Hartsock was key in the first half, finishing with 15 points, while Fredette’s season-long sidekick, Jackson Emery, went for 13 points.
Fredette’s supporting cast doesn’t get nearly enough credit for what it provides. The consensus is that BYU is an easy out if Fredette has an off night. Well, he shot just 8-for-23 from the field today and turned the ball over five times. His teammates picked up the slack, making timely shots down the stretch to prevent a San Diego State comeback.
BYU improves to 27-2 on the season, and now has the inside track towards a regular-season title. Meanwhile, San Diego State drops to 27-2 – with its only two losses come against BYU.
Of course, with the NCAA Tournament on everyone’s mind, the biggest question revolves around how this result impacts Selection Sunday.
The Cougars was in the hunt for a No. 1 seed heading into the game, but now they are right in the thick of things. They are 4-0 vs. the top-25, 8-1 vs. the top-50 and are an impressive 14-2 away from. Throw in a top-five RPI, and their profile compares favorably with the other candidates.
As for San Diego State, the Aztecs are likely out of the top-seed race. Moreover, they drop to second-place in the conference, meaning they might have to face conference tournament host UNLV in the semifinals. Don’t drop San Diego State too far, though. In both of the Aztecs’ losses, they have been victims of superhuman efforts. In the first meeting, Fredette scored 43 points, while the Cougars were unconscious from 3-point range today.
The key for SDSU going into the game was to force Jimmer into a tough day offensively. The Aztecs did that – and still lost.
Beware, BYU’s NCAA Tournament foes. This is a team now.
Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:17 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 2:17 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
You know how sitcoms or dramas on network television sometimes do those "crossover" shows? Like Ted Danson of Cheers would appear on some crappy Jonathan Silverman vehicle that was doomed to fail, for instance, or, my personal favorite, when the cops from Baltimore's Homicide would show up in New York to crack wise with the cops from Law & Order.
Well, this little item first appeared on our Eye on College Football blog, but we had to do the crossover, because JIMMER IS OURS, DO YOU HEAR ME!!!!??? Intramural rumble under the bridge at 5 p.m. Be there.
Sorry. Anyway, you can see that Jimmer was also a bit of a phenom on the football field in his days in upstate New York. Still, seems like he chose the right path when it comes to hoops.