Basketball Coaching DVD's at Championship Productions
AN IDEA ON HOW TO GUARD AND DEFEND JIMMER FREDETTE
In my opinion, Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young University is the best player in
the nation this year in men's college basketball. Fredette's talents
handling the basketball, passing the ball, and shooting the ball make him a
difficult match-up and may be the biggest reason why BYU fans have hope that
they will be making their first Final Four appearance in school history.
However, after watching the game tapes, there may be some ways to slow down Jimmer Fredette and give yourself a chance to defeat a team like Brigham Young.
While I do not profess that I have all the answers on how to defend Jimmer
Fredette and come out with a win, I merely want to give some ideas on how a
player or a team can guard him
What Jimmer Fredette Does Well
In starting with the things that Jimmer Fredette does well is quite lengthy and
all of these things make him a difficult match-up. The first, and most
glaring, is his shooting range. In several games this year, including the
games that I watched, Fredette took shots well behind the three-point line and
made several of them. Obviously, he is not shy about taking such a long
shot and can at least hit the rim when he does shoot those particular shots.
Second, Fredette is an outstanding facilitator. When he does not have a
good to great scoring opportunity for himself, Jimmer has the unique ability to
get other people involved in the offense. He's not a classic "ball hog" in
that he does nothing but shoot. Rather, Jimmer Fredette has the ability to
create scoring opportunities for his teammates. He does a great job of
getting other players open because he commands such attention when he has the
ball in his hands. As a result. when a team totally commits to shutting
down Jimmer Fredette, that team allows themselves to become vulnerable to the
other four players on the court.
Third, and what I think is the most underrated part of his game, is his level of
toughness. When he was in high school, Jimmer Fredette was known to go to
a nearby state prison in Glens Falls, NY and play with the prisoners.
Needless to say, this was a great way for him to deal with hostile crowds and
tough-as-nails defensive players. Because of this, he can overcome tough
situations and is always at his best when his best is required.
One of the first observations that can be made about Jimmer Fredette is how he
uses his hands when handling the basketball. The first is that he is a
right-handed shooter and favors his right hand when he goes to the rim.
Meanwhile, he will use the left hand as much as his right when dribbling in
place. If he is made to attack the basket with his left hand, he will do
one of three things: he will pull up and take the mid-range jump shot, he will
attempt to draw the defender or he will try to go back to his right to attack
the rim or pass to an open player on the perimeter.
The second observation is how he is utilized on defense by the BYU coaching
staff. Actually, this could be how the coaching staff is hiding him on
defense. There's no shame in doing it and I am certainly not saying that
Jimmer Fredette is a bad defensive player. It's just that with all the
minutes that Jimmer Fredette is playing (nearly 37 minutes per contest) and his
scoring punch, there is just no way that Fredette could possibly be asked to
expend himself on the defensive end nearly at the same rate as on offense.
His role is to spearhead the offensive efforts for his team, not to be a great
Finally, the other observation is that Jimmer Fredette is not a team entirely to
himself. While he can certainly do the scoring of two or three players, he
has yet to show that he could do all the scoring of all five players in a game.
If Fredette isn't scoring, the slack is certainly picked up by Jackson Emery
(#4) on the perimeter and by the rest of the supporting cast including, Noah
Hartsock (#34) who knows how to spot up and hit big shots. At the time of
this article, Jimmer Fredette is averaging 27.3 points per game, best in the
nation by more than two points per contest. While he has the ability to
score and these numbers seem jaw-dropping, they aren't overly daunting and don't
get into "Pistol" Pete Maravich territory.
Read the full article and many others by signing up for a Coach Peel
Basketball membership today.
Membership Subscription with Monthly Payments: $6.00 per
Membership Subscription with Quarterly Payments:
$15.00 per quarter (save over 16.6%)
Membership Subscription with Annual Payments: $50.00 per
year (save over 30.5% & get your first 30 days free!)
© 2010-2017 Alan Peel Enterprises