When he was at BYU, Jimmer Fredette was Big Man on Campus and really became a national star. JimmerMania swept through college basketball with every big three he hit and every forty point game he put up. Now, in his second year in the NBA, Jimmer is still trying to find his way. Extremely undersized as a shooting guard but not quite a point guard, Fredette has yet to figure out where he belongs and the transition has been extremely tough for him. After averaging just 18.1 minutes per game and 7.6 points per game while shooting less than 40 percent from the field in his rookie season, the second year man from BYU was hoping his second season was a bit more smooth. However, in his second year, Fredette’s minutes are sporadic and there are nights where Jimmer doesn’t even see the floor, but when he has been out there he has made shots and providing a lift for the Kings off the bench. Even though it’s a limited sample, Jimmer is finally shooting the ball well and flashes have been shown that the light bulb could be starting to flicker for one of the most prolific college scorers of all-time.
Jimmer Fredette joined KHTK in Sacramento with Jason Ross to talk about the struggles of the Kings early this season, what he did this offseason to get ready for his second season in the NBA, if he prefers to play point guard or shooting guard, what it means to have the coaching staff praise him for his play the other night and if he thinks he is starting to settle into his new lifestyle in the NBA.
On the struggles of the Kings early this season:
What he did this offseason to get ready for his second season in the NBA:
“Just worked hard in the offseason and try to work against some good players and play against some good competition this summer. I think the Summer League helped a lot but just shooting a lot of shots, finding yourself, getting comfortable within the offense and I think the second year around in anything you always feel more comfortable just with the players, the coaching staff and area in general. I think that helps a lot.”
If he prefers to play point guard or shooting guard:
“I prefer playing the one. I always have my entire career so off the ball has been a little bit different of a change for me but I definitely prefer on the ball.”
What it means to have the coaching staff praise him for his play the other night:
Whether he thinks he is starting to settle into his new lifestyle:
“My senior year was crazy and that summer was definitely life-changing and a lot different than what I was used to and with that comes a lot of critique. Last year was a transition year, something that I just need to continue to work on and get better and use it as motivation to get better as an NBA basketball player and help this team reach where we want to go so that’s pretty much what I’m trying to do right now. Settled in, feeling great and hopefully able to have a great season.”