With all due respect to Kemba Walker and Kevin Durant, Curry was the second-most entertaining college basketball player that I’ve watched in the past decade. No. 1 on that list? The Jimmer.
Fredette hasn’t quite found his niche in the NBA yet. It may never happen. But that shouldn’t overshadow just how good this kid was in college. He was a sensation during the 2010-2011 season, leading BYU to a top five ranking while putting up scoring numbers that would make 2K players jealous, hitting threes from ridiculous range and crossing over defenders left and right. The double-crossover that he hits SDSU forward Billy White with at the 3:00 mark of the video above is just filthy.
I specifically remember mining all the illegal streaming sites that I knew to be able to find a version of whatever random channel that he was playing on that was smooth enough to be able to watch. And then I remember sharing that stream with every one of my followers.
Anyway, to pass the time here in August, go ahead and spend the next six minutes watching Jimmer light it up, mixtape-style.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.