Biography: Fredette is arguably the most fascinating player in this year's draft. He concluded his career at BYU as one of the most explosive scorers in college basketball history, but it is uncertain how his game will translate to the NBA. Fredette led the nation in scoring at 28.9 points per game as a senior, with 15 30-point games and four 40-point efforts. The Wooden Award winner and The Associated Press player of the year essentially singlehandedly led the Cougars to the regional finals for the first time in 30 years. He accomplished all this despite not being all that athletic. Fredette has decent size and is very strong but is certainly not considered fast. Still, he found ways to create offense, driving the lane without any fear and displaying unparalleled range. He attempted 282 free throws and made 89.4 percent of them. While Fredette is a pure shooter, his defense leaves something to be desired. Without having much quickness, Fredette has trouble guarding opponents, and little suggests he'll have better success against bigger and faster NBA guards. It seems likely Fredette will be selected by a team that doesn't put as much emphasis on defense. Although there seem to be a couple of major flaws in Fredette's game, it's hard to ignore the fact he can seemingly score from anywhere on the court. Fredette will likely be a first-round pick and could be a lottery selection.
John W. McDonough