Almost exactly one year ago, there was a post on Funny Mormons about Jimmer Fredette’s 49 point game against the Arizona Wildcats. That was an amazing game. This week Jimmer posted his third 40+ point night in the last 4 games. Not only that, but it was against a top 5 undefeated team in San Diego State. I talked to a couple people that went to the game and they said it was an amazing atmosphere. I listened to it on the radio and the Marriott Center seemed to be crazy. He has received a lot of media attention including an article on Yahoo! Sports and TWO live interviews on Sports Center (see video below). In one of them he specifically talks about his LDS background.
Another interesting story about Jimmer’s family is that the father of Jimmer’s teammate Stephen Rogers knew, and even taught, Jimmer’s dad while on his mission. Here is a link to an article about the Fredette/Rogers reunion.
So what is so funny about this? Well, for one, the signs at the game. There are many reports of marriage proposals by female fans holding signs. There are also signs that read “Fredette about it” or “You got Jimmered” and “The Real King James” (a reference to NBA stare LeBron James). BYU fans around the world are going crazy over the Jimmer hype. It seems like whenever there is someone that is LDS in the national spotlight, the whole religion flocks to support. It happens on reality TV, sports and even politics in some cases. There is an automatic connection to the person. Even though we may not know the person directly, we know that he/she had the same Sunday School lesson on Sunday that we did. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it is necessarily a bad thing, I am just pointing out what I have observed. If anyone wants a Jimmer Jersey you can find them at the BYU bookstore. It doesn’t have his name, but it is his number.
Another thing that is funny is Kevin Durant tweeted that “Jimmer Fredette is the best scorer in the world!!” Kevin Durant was the youngest player to win an NBA scoring title in the 2009-2010 season (which would have been his senior season in college) and he currently leads the NBA in Points Per Game. He averaged 25.8 points in his FRESHMAN year in college. That is why this is such a big deal.