Arizona’s players have something to gain from the Jimmer Fredette experienceby Javier Morales on Dec. 12, 2010, under Sports
Arizona should not feel dejected about Jimmer Fredette‘s two-year total of 82 points against the Wildcats in a couple of resounding BYU victories.
Upset, yes. Angry, fine. But down and out? That’s for losers. Facing Fredette and BYU the last two years should be viewed as a clinic, because the Cougars’ senior All-American guard certainly offered one.
If I am Solomon Hill or Jordin Mayes, for example, I take the experience of playing Fredette and mold it into a positive. The way Fredette plays so smart and with a purpose is something every young basketball player like Hill and Mayes should emulate.
Hill and Mayes were two of the Wildcats who posted more turnovers than field goals in the 87-65 win for BYU at Salt Lake City on Saturday night. In fact, take Lamont “MoMo” Jones out of the equation, and the rest of the Wildcats had as many turnovers (14) as field goals in the game.
The Sean Miller Quote of the Game: “(Fredette) did an excellent job of making the game easy for his teammates, playing within himself.”
Fredette plays within himself, not for himself. He is not concerned about his scoring average or if he will make an ESPN highlight reel that night. He scored 33 points in 31 minutes Saturday night. One of the TV announcers said the 33 points were a “quiet 33″. That’s because with Fredette what you see is what you get — much more substance than style.
Arizona does not have players of Fredette’s ilk right now. The Wildcats do not possess a player that can consistently break down the opponent and create his own shot. Derrick Williams is having an All-American season, but in most cases, the ball comes to him instead of Williams taking command like a point guard of Fredette’s ability.
People who have followed the Wildcats through the years now comprehend how Sean Elliott made opponents feel after watching Fredette dominate Arizona the last two years. Elliott performed so intelligently, so thorough to detail, with the focus on making his team better.
When Fredette took a seat with almost 5 minutes remaining Saturday, he was not content. On his mind was a missed three-pointer just a few minutes prior. He shook his head. If somebody turned on the TV for the first time, it would have looked like BYU was trailing.
Never content. Plays within himself. Tough competitor. Team player. All-American. All these words describe Fredette.
What Arizona’s players learn from the experience will serve the Wildcats a whole lot more than thinking they are not good enough.