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Jimmer Fredette joined Into the Night with Tony Bruno to talk about the atmosphere this past weekend in San Diego, whether or not he thinks BYU will get a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, what he thinks about people saying that BYU is just a one man team, whether or not he wants to play in the NBA, and what he has heard about his NBA Draft stock.
On the atmosphere this past weekend for the game against San Diego State
"It was a great atmosphere. Great college basketball arena to play in, their fans go crazy and are very passionate about San Diego State basketball. Their cheering section is great. They know everything about you and your teammates, they make big signs, and do all these things to try and distract you, so it's just a lot of fun. It's what you work hard for. To play at this level you want to play in those types of games. We were fortunate enough to play in one and get a big win."
If he thinks BYU will get a number one seed:
"I think we're right there in the conversation. We're right there in the mix of maybe five, six, or seven teams that could get a number one seed. I don't know if we've done quite enough yet. There's some great teams ahead of us and it really depends how those big name teams do in their rest of the season and the conference tournament. Maybe if they lose early in their tournament and we win our tournament and win out, we might possibly get one. We're just focused on one game at a time and if we can win this game against New Mexico next that will be big for us. We will move forward and worry about that when it comes."
On BYU being more than just a one man team:
"Yeah we have a very good team. I think not a lot of people knew about that because they don't see us nationally televised a lot. That was the first time I think that we have been on national TV this year so people could see our team and it was a great showcase to show that we have other guys on this team. It's not just me. I'm definitely a big part of it, but I'm a willing passer and I know that a lot of times teams will double team me and we have guys that can make shots and make plays for themselves and that why we are 27 and 2. It's not just a one man team and I'm glad that everyone can see that and knows that now."
Whether or not he wants to play in the NBA:
Yeah definitely. That's been a goal of mine ever since I was a young child. Now that it's starting to come up pretty quickly, hopefully those dreams will come true. Just try to work as hard as I possibly can every single year and show everybody that I can play at any level and play against some of the best players. Hopefully a team will take a chance on me and I will be able to prove I can play well."
What he has heard about his draft stock:
"I've heard many different things. I've heard lottery, mid first round, late first round and I think most people think I'm going to be in that first round area. I'm just really worried about finishing out the season right and finishing out and playing well for the rest of the season. If I can do that and go into the draft camps with a little bit of buzz then hopefully I will get picked as high as I can."