Opinion: Watch out for the Jimmer

Michael Moses

By the time you read this sentence, you’ll probably know of the man they call Jimmer.

World, meet Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young University’s own Larry Bird. He’s scoring more than J.J. Redick did in his senior season and is on pace to have the highest NCAA scoring average since Stephen Curry’s in 2009.

He is your unlikely NCAA Men’s Player of the Year thus far. Fredette leads the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game. He’s 6 feet 2 inches tall, 195 pounds, can shoot like Redick and dribble like Jameer Nelson.

When you look at Fredette, a senior from Glens Falls, N.Y., he doesn’t strike you as a threat. He has an athletic build, but let’s be honest, he doesn’t come off as a LeBron.

But if there’s a second coming of King James on the court, it’s Jimmer.

His name is, in fact, James. When he was born, his mother was torn between naming him James or Jim. Thus, she came up with the nickname Jimmer, and it stuck.

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“No one calls me James, it’s always been Jimmer,” Fredette said.

At 10 years old, he was given the option to choose his religion, as only one of his parents was Mormon. Fredette chose to be baptized into the Mormon Church. I’m sure BYU, a Mormon university in Utah, is thankful for that decision.

On Wednesday night, BYU hosted undefeated San Diego State University in what was probably the biggest game in Mountain West Conference history.

Both teams were ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

More than 22,000 people packed the gym, in what was called a Final Four atmosphere.

“It was so loud that I could feel the floor rumble at times,” Fredette told ESPN.

All eyes were on Jimmer, and boy oh boy, did he produce.

Fredette had 20 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 43. He went 5-for-8 from behind the arc.

Any time a big play was needed, it was almost guaranteed that the ball would be in No. 32’s hands.

It was the second game in a row that he scored over 40 points, the third time this year and the fifth time in his career.

He scored 39 against UNLV earlier this season, too. Bottom line, Fredette can flat out play.

Call him whatever you want, but NBA All-Pro Kevin Durant calls him the “best scorer in the world.” Durant tweeted that during the San Diego State game.

According to Fredette, though, he’s a point guard at heart. He sees himself as a “Deron Williams” in the NBA, a player who likes to “create for others as well for himself.”

Fredette is the definition of college basketball.

He’s a small-town, blue-collar kid who shoots the lights out of the gym. He’s the 2011 version of Jimmy Chitwood from “Hoosiers.” And the scary thing is, he’s got the supporting cast to take him to the promised land.

BYU, ranked No. 9 nationally before the upset of No. 4 San Diego State, is now competing for their first Mountain West Conference championship since 2001.

The Brigham Young Cougars have never been past the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight, but with Fredette, something tells me that could change come this March.

Ask San Diego State- they just got Jimmered.