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Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:57 pm
BYU guard Jimmer Fredette makes it clear he wants to face Kentucky guard Brandon Knight and UConn guard Kemba Walker in pre-draft workouts. jimmer-trophy
Posted by Ben Golliver.

No one ever accused BYU guard Jimmer Fredette of lacking confidence with the ball in his hands. His pre-draft strategy now looks just as gutsy.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Fredette has decided to do the draft prospect equivalent of calling out his competition. Fredette is making it clear that he will do what it takes to face more highly-touted point guard prospects Kemba Walker, out of UConn, and Brandon Knight, out of Kentucky, in head-to-head pre-draft workouts.   
Former Brigham Young guard Jimmer Fredette is scheduled to work out next Wednesday with the Jazz, and he has every intention of sticking to the date. But Fredette is willing to change his plans to accommodate the schedules of Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and Brandon Knight (Kentucky). And whether the two highly touted 2011 NBA Draft prospects will face off against Fredette in Salt Lake City remains to be seen.

With his draft stock rising, Fredette wants to work out against Walker and Knight to prove that he can compete with the point guards, who are expected to be taken early during the first round.
The consensus take on Knight is that he should be a top-7 pick, perhaps going as high as No. 3 by the Utah Jazz. Walker is generally regarded as a top-10 prospect. Fredette, though, is generally seen as a late-lottery to mid-first round pick.

That's why this public challenge is so savvy. Getting a chance to knock off the higher-rated guys is a no-lose proposition for Fredette. If he shows well, maybe a team re-evaluates him, talking them in to taking a bit of a risk on a player with a defined NBA skill -- his shooting -- and questions on the defensive end. If Knight and/or Walker get the best of him, it costs him nothing. He was supposed to get beaten anyway and a vast majority of the workouts are private and not open to the media.

Do Knight or Walker need to respond here? Do they lose face if they don't accept -- and win -- the challenge?

You might think so at first glance, but NBA teams are far more concerned with a prospect's overall evaluation rather than whether he is supposedly ducking someone during workouts. Everyone involved understands the politics at play, and most draft decisions will be made on a system fit basis rather than one guy's ability to outplay another.

Still, great PR move from Fredette's team. If it succeeds, he gets his chance to make his name and change some opinions. If not, he comes across confident and motivated, enjoying a buzz bump that goes with the extra headlines. 

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 2:46 pm

Jimmer better than Walker and Knight

Who do you want leading your team, someone who steps up to a challenge or someone who is afraid he will be exposed as not very good?  I always get the same feeling when Quarterbacks refuse to throw at the combine ala Russell and Quinn.

Look Jimmer, Knight, and Walker all have talent.  Each will be drafted.  The point is, if I was playing, I would want the coaches and the executives to know that I am not afraid to play against anyone.  "I'm your guy, not this guy."

To those who think Jimmer cannot compete, people who have guarded both Jimmer and Kemba disagree with you.

My favorite quote from the NBA combine:

"It wasnt just the commentators who had an opinion on Fredette; some of the players did too.  Ford spoke with Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas of San Diego State, asking them who they would rather guard between Fredette and Kemba Walker (SDSU played them both this year) and reported they both said they would rather guard Walker any day of the week."

Love it!!

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 8:09 am

Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

I hope Jimmer is successful at the next level.  He's a hard-worker and has more than a little bit of talent.  I think he is the most likely superstar in the draft.  While not necessarily the physical specimen or the size and speed of the typical star athlete, he has more than his share of greatness.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:47 pm

Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

I remember another white guy who couldn't play defense or jump and was too slow for the NBA.
He only ended up with 3 rings, 3 MVPs in a row over 20,000 points over 5,000 assists and almost 9,000 
rebounds. Rookie of the year over Erving Johnson and defensive 2nd team 3 times and on and on and on.
Ok OK I know there can only be one greatest player of all time. And that's Larry Joe Bird!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm not saying he'll be anywhere close to Larry Legend but who is? 
With that said Fredette will be OK.

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:12 pm

Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

Walker Fredette & Knight are role players at best on the next level no matter what the network talking heads may say. Fredette has the bigger up side to his game, and is more skilled Walker and knight just have more speed than Jimmer. Fredette will have a better and maybe a longer career than the two as long as he dont turn out to be Dan Dickau. 

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:51 pm

Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

Why only compare him to white players? Why not compare him to Bo Kimble or Rameal Robinson...or someone?

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 7:15 pm

Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

I don't see the point when they will play different positions Knight and Walker PG"s from Jimme SG . You're right he might beat either them one on one he is a great college player for now they all three are now ! In the pros it's much different remember Riddick from Kentucky and the Paxson brothers all great college college players yet marginal NBA professionals . Oh ! Lets not forget former BYU , NCAA great , NBA player and GM Danny Ainge was rated just high as Jimmer Fredette in the day he was only a very good NBA role player . What it boils down to is can these college whiz kids take their games to the next level the NBA let alone become superstars ! You will obviously say it's about a little harmless competition in the pre camps  not necessary proves nothing ! But each player needs to be concerned with how he appeals to those NBA eyes who draft the players  . Lets see them compete if they make it to the next level . I understand the subtle delivery of your opinion . Lets just wish all of these talented hopefuls much success no matter where they come from  what color or ethenic background ok .

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:27 pm

Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

He'll lead the league in getting his shot blocked and getting scored on.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:02 pm

Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

Jimmer would beat either one of these players in a one on one match-up.  Neither player has the physical strength to negate Jimmer in a one on one match up.  The only problem is the NBA game is not about a one on one match-up but is the team game.  Both Walker and Knight have a greater upside in my opinion but as for a can't miss team contributor it's Jimmer all the way.  Jimmer is a short off guard that can shoot lights  out.  Problem in on the defensive end where Jimmer will have to guard an off guard that can shoot over him while Knight and Walker both will be competing against shorter pass first point guards.  Jimmer is a stronger version of Ben Gordon with great upper body strength.

Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:12 pm

Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

Love his heart.  But I must say if another kid pulled this stunt I don't know if it would be considered savvy.  More like cocky or arrogant.  I feel like he's the media darling.  I'd love to see footage of that workout though.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:26 pm

Jimmer Fredette wants Knight, Walker in workout

Kemba would own Frodo

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