Awful couldn’t even describe the way Jimmer Fredette played against Florida. After watching him “stink-up” the Sweet 16, I am also convinced that he shouldn’t win National Player of the Year, either. Yeah, this kid can score points. So what? Hell, I hope you score thirty when you’re taking 25+ shots a game; or, you can take 29 shots (15 three’s) and cost your team a chance at the Elite Eight, because that’s exactly what Jimmer did. BYU was in excellent position to take over the game, but Jimmer forced “unnecessary” shots in many critical moments. In the closing minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime, Jimmer shot nothing but three’s. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with shooting three’s, but not if all of them are contested. He had a hand in his face on nearly every shot. He had to fade-away or rush his shot just to get it off. As a senior, he should know better. You cannot be forcing shots when the game is on the line, especially when you are blanketed and having an off shooting night. I don’t care if you put up 50 against New Mexico. This is the NCAA Tournament, and you’re playing Florida. I really thought he could have done a better job of getting his teammates involved. In the first half, Jimmer was shutdown scoring-wise, but his teammates were able to carry the scoring load. Jimmer was more of a passer early, and that definitely could have helped late in the game. The entire offense changed in the closing minutes, as everyone just watched Jimmer. He kept settling for long contested jumpers late in the game, instead of running an efficient offense. It was ugly basketball and poor execution. Jimmer, you had one hell of a season, but jacking up three’s isn’t going to cut it in the tournament.
My National Player of the Year vote goes to: Kemba Walker
Not only does Kemba get my vote because of his triumphs on the court, but also because he is a man of mystery. Yes, a man of mystery. Apparently, Kemba has the ability to be in two places at once, as he somehow managed to appear on 6th Street (Austin,TX) for South by Southwest (3/19/11) minutes after his 2nd round tournament game (Washington D.C.). Don’t believe me? Ask ex-HasBeens writer, Nathan Frost. Frost claims he and his boy Kemba were at the same bar together. To this day, he still believes he met Kemba even though we have repeatedly acknowledged to him that Kemba had a game finish in D.C. less than thirty minutes prior to meeting him. What do you think?