By: Jay Yeomans
Published: August 5, 2018
The Basketball Tournament didn’t workout the way Team Fredette had hoped, but it still gave us three exciting weeks of watching BYU legend Jimmer Fredette dazzle us with some amazing plays on the court.
Fredette showed off his scoring prowess in all five games as he led TBT in scoring while earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.
In the tournament, Fredette averaged 31 points on 53.3 percent shooting from the field, 42.9 percent shooting from 3-point land and 93.3 percent from the foul line. He also chipped in with 5.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds 1.2 steals while playing all but one minute.
Fredette also delivered plenty of highlight plays along the way including some great finishes in traffic, some crazy floaters in the lane and some deeper-than-deep triples.
Here are the best of his highlights from the five games.
Here is the first of his many buzzer-beaters during TBT as he drills the step-back triple to give Team Fredette the seven-point halftime lead in the second round win over Jackson, TN.
He added three more the old-fashioned way as he finished at the rim while taking a shot to the head.
Jimmer showed off some sick handles in Game 3 as Team Fredette came back from and early deficit to beat Fort Wayne.
He followed that up with a deep three to give Team Fredette the lead.
Fredette delivered another three off the dribble to keep Fort Wayne on its heals.
And for good measure, he dropped the one-handed floater to put the game totally out of reach.
Fredette was in the mood to beat the buzzer again early in win over Scarlet and Gray as he drilled the fall-away to close out the first quarter of game 4.
Jimmer continued his hot-shooting, this time from distance as Team Fredette extended the lead.
Fredette then showed off his ball handling as he dribbled the ball between Jared Sullinger’s legs before handing out an assist on a Jordon Crawford triple.
Fredette’s third buzzer-beater in five games came at the end of the first quarter in the semifinal loss to Eberlein Drive when he hit another step-back three to beat the horn.
Then a smooth ball fake opened up just enough space for Fredette to get to the rim before converting on the tough finish.
The last three highlights all came from 3-point land as Jimmer brought team Fredette all the way back from 11 down to tie the game at 67.
While it’s not as fun as seeing Jimmer back in the NBA, it was sure great to see him shine on ESPN playing alongside some of his former Cougar teammates in Brandon Davies and Charles Abouo.