Skip to comments.BYU's Jimmer Fredette now has the attention of even NBA stars
Posted on 01/27/2011 12:28:07 PM PST by GSWarrior
If historians ever try to pinpoint the game that transformed Jimmer Fredette from player of the year candidate to bona fide basketball icon, Wednesday's 71-58 victory over previously undefeated San Diego State would be an ideal choice.
The unassuming BYU star scored 43 points on 14-for-24 shooting, a mesmerizing performance that inspired a "You got Jimmered" chant from his appreciative home crowd and elevated him to a level of nationwide fame few college players ever achieve.
Three different Jimmer-inspired hashtags each became national trending topics on Twitter. Highlights of his performance and a subsequent live phone interview led "SportsCenter" for the second time in two weeks. And the crush of white-clad students that stormed the Marriott Center court trying to get close to Fredette after the game was so suffocating that he actually needed a police escort to help him escape the mayhem.
"It was kind of scary," Fredette told reporters after the game. Fredette inspired such a strong reaction from both the BYU crowd and an awed national TV audience because he delivered a virtuoso performance in one of the most heavily hyped games of the regular season. San Diego State and BYU entered their first of two matchups this season both boasting top-10 rankings and matching 5-0 records in Mountain West play.
Maybe the most telling aspect of the night was how many people took the time to find CBS College Sports on their cable packages as word spread that the nation's leading scorer was on his way to eclipsing 40 points for the third time in four games.
Everyone from NBA stars, to rappers, to prominent reporters, to even fellow college player of the year candidates weighed in on Fredette's masterpiece via Twitter, a sampling of which you'll find after the jump.
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I am a SDSU alum and I can say with fear of contradiction that never before have students swarmed the court after beating the Aztecs.
BYU alum, and I can say the game would have been even better and closer if one of the SDSU stars had not been ill, and still played a darn good game. Only the last few minutes of the second half when the rest of the BYU team woke up, did things begin to elevate BYU over SDSU.
Just wait till February when BYU travels to San Diego. That should be another big one if both teams are able to maintain present momentum.
I’m not yet convinced that either BYU or SDSU has played all that great of teams so far this season. Aside from each other, what other opponent really stands out? UNLV? Creighton? Arizona? Even those are highly questionable.
I haven't seen this Fredette kid yet, but I may have to.
Jimmer is a Mark Price type of player.
I went looking for this game on my cable system. ESPN? Nope! ESPN2 then. Nope! Certainly ESPNU. Nope! Ok, how about Versus? Nope! Ridiculous. I’m bombarded with a billion college basketball games a week, and there a Top 10 matchup with the best player in the country playing, and it’s not on TV.
I guess if it doesn’t happen in a major conference, it’s not on TV......
I'm looking forward to the addition of BYU to the West Coast Conference. Their addition should raise the bar for the entire league...just glad Fredette won't be around!
CBSC on any or most cable systems and Dish Network where I had it.
If you go here, http://www.byucougars.com/Schedule.jsp?SP=111
You can find out who is playing and where on TV, if it is on TV. Playing NM Sat in the Pit, on Versus, 2:00 pm MST
Wasn’t aware BYU was headed for the WCC.
That would be 8 schools from 3500 to 9000 population, with BYU at 30,000 plus.
Interestingly enough, St Mary’s played BYU early this season and lost by 1 point. Lost to SDSU, and lost to Vanderbilt
According to the paper: BYU vs. New Mexico, Saturday, 1PM PST on the Versus Network.
There is some good basketball being played out here so I don't expect a cakewalk for the Cougs even tho they have some definite advantages, such as playing in the Marriot Center and traveling to games via private jet.
Yep, Gonzaga is usually a power house, no matter who they play.