Fredette shoots his way into legendary status

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Jimmer Fredette reached LeBron territory Wednesday night. He broke Twitter.

We knew BYU’s senior guard could score from anywhere. We knew he could score in bunches. And we knew he could carry BYU when needed. But we didn’t know he could do all three at once, when the entire college basketball world was watching and against a team that hadn’t lost all season.

He merely dumped 43 points on No. 4 San Diego State, 60 percent of the Cougars’ 71 points. Twenty of those came in the first half, when BYU couldn’t hit a thing. Yet San Diego State still couldn’t stop him. The nation’s leading scorer hit five of his last seven shots before halftime, scored the Cougars’ final 15 points and ensured they were only down one point at the break, 31-30.

“He was really special in the first half keeping us in the game making shot after shot,” coach Dave Rose said afterward. “He kept us right there.”

And how. It wasn’t so much that Fredette was scoring, but how he was scoring. Drives through the lane. Pull-up 3-pointers. Pull-up jumpers. Shots with hands in his face. And Twitter loved it. (So did the Provo crowd.)

There was “JIMMER!” and “Jimmer is ridiculous” and “JIMMER GOOD GOD” and “How do you guard that? Honest to God, how the hell do you guard that?”

Much like LeBron during his “Decision,” Twitter timelines slowed to a crawl as users tossed out 140 characters of love, disbelief and sheer delight. He turned everyone into Fredette fans.

There was Arizona’s Derrick Williams:

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger:

Or pros like Washington’s John Wall:

Even Kevin Durant (who had 47 himself on Wednesday) gushed about Fredette:

Fredette politely demurred, but did admit “I was feeling it a little bit.”

Um, 43 points on 14-of-24 shooting, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc?  I’d say so. When you get props from pros and peers and Twitter gushes nothing but love for you, you’ve reached elite territory. Like LeBron. Like ‘Melo. Like the rest of the game’s one-name wonders.

Take a bow, Jimmer. That last name’s no longer necessary. You’re now a legend.

Want more? I’m also on Twitter @MikeMillerNBC.

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan:

VIDEO: Kentucky’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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A day after Grayson Allen threw an alley-oop to Trevon Duval for Duke’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Kentucky’s team of freshmen decided to do one of their own:

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That would be, in order, Johnny David, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox abusing some poor sap’s rim somewhere in Lexington.

But was that better than John Calipari’s attempt?

VIDEOS: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges puts on another show at local summer Pro-Am

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Watching Michigan State’s Miles Bridges throw down high-level dunks in local summer pro-ams has been a good way to pass the time the last few weeks.

The 6-foot-7 Bridges has been annihilating rims all summer as he had more ridiculous dunks on Tuesday night. Playing with former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine and some of his current Spartans teammates, Bridges had more crowd-pleasing plays to add to his summer reel.

Lansing State Journal reporter James Edwards III has been on the scene for Bridges’ games all summer as he has more dunks from the future lottery pick.

Minnesota keeps in-state three-star 2018 guard Gabe Kalscheur at home

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Minnesota is keeping a big-time shooter at home as Class of 2018 shooting guard Gabe Kalscheur pledged to the Golden Gophers on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 Kalscheur is the third in-state prospect to pledge to head coach Richard Pitino in the Class of 2018 as he joins three-star forward Jarvis Thomas and four-star big man Daniel Oturu. The three-star Kalscheur gives Minnesota a valuable floor spacer and a winner as he’s a three-time state champion at DeLaSalle. All three of these commitments also played together with Howard Pulley in the Nike EYBL.

During this spring and summer in the Nike EYBL, Kalscheur averaged 14.9 points and shot 39 percent from three-point range as he made 61 treys in 21 games.

Pitino has certainly done a nice job of keeping local players home as he’s hoping that trend continues with upcoming in-state five-star prospects like 2018 point guard Tre Jones and 2019 forward Matthew Hurt. The Golden Gophers will have to win national recruiting battles to keep those guys home, but they’ve done a nice job of getting the other guys that they need to keep home.