Jimmer Fredette made his presence felt early and often against the Fort Wayne Champs in The Basketball Tournament Friday night, playing for, I kid you not, Team Fredette. The 10th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft exploded for 41 points and wreaked havoc from beyond the arc, shooting 6-for-11 from downtown. This eye-popping performance helped Team Fredette defeat the Fort Wayne Champs, 104-91.
This single-elimination five-on-five tournament features international players, pro players, and college alumni. There are 72 teams in this tournament, and the winning team takes home the $2 million prize.
If Fredette, 29, continues to go on offensive barrages, his team will be $2 million richer. Speaking of money, he was not but that from the floor. Fredette felt confident in his shot and decided to showcase that he’s still a lethal marksman. Not convinced? Just take a look at this heat check in the second quarter:
No one probably saw this performance coming, especially since Fredette started off 1-for-5 from the field. But Fredette turned things around and got into a groove, connecting on 75 percent of his shots for the rest of the game, grabbing eight rebounds, and collecting five assists.
Fredette currently plays for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. This performance showed a glimpse of why he was once a high first-round pick, beyond that the Kings are a broken basketball organization. The man sure knows how to shoot.