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SportsBeat Jimmer: Jimmermania

By Tom Kirkland | Posted - May 22, 2011 at 11:30 p.m.



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Not only is Jimmer now in the Urban Dictonary, what Fredette generated all around him is the stuff of legends. Talent creates the buzz, then his quiet charisma allowed it to grow, and by the end of the season Jimmermania was a national rage.

"The Jimmer craze has been amazing," said Danny Ainge.

"Everyone loves the name," said Jimmer Fredette.

"They're going to make it into their own word. They think it's unique and they really like it and they've had fun with it," said Jimmer Fredette.

"Is there any kind of chance to see Jimmer Fredette from BYU?," Andy Katz with ESPN asked President Obama.

"Unbelievable," said Obama.

"49-point game against Arizona was solidified, like he's a star," said TJ Fredette.

"It has something to do with number 32 over there," said Mike Young, Head Coach of Wofford.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch a player like him," said a BYU fan.

"We realized that, you know what, this is a very special player and let's do the most that we possibly can to get the very most out of him," said Coach Rose.

They were showing the seeds of Jimmermania, early in his senior season back in his home town, and the Jim-sanity was spreading.

Ringing in the New Year in style, Jimmer dropped a Huntsman Center record 47 on the Utes, including the iconic stone-faced stare after SportsCenter's No. 1 play.

"If they weren't putting him up with the top guys, after that game they put him with the top guys and he became the nation's leading scorer in that game and the rest of the way through it was the Jimmer show," said TJ Fredette.

It was then that the national media started riding shotgun with Jimmermania.

"I didn't know the media would be so crazy and people would be loving it this much and be on ESPN all the time and have all this different stuff. It's a fun experience, but I never expected it to be this big," said Fredette.

"After the San Diego State game when everybody rushed the court I almost wanted to cry, it was such an amazing feeling to see that and to see him become a rock star," said TJ Fredette.

So while all around him went off the hook, wrapped up tight in the Jimmermania, how did the man stay grounded?

"I just hang out with my girlfriend a lot. She does a good job of keeping my mind off of things. She just tells me I'm not too cool and I'm not as cool as everyone thinks I am. She's the cool one in the relationship so she does a good job of letting me know that," said Fredette.

"They had a great ride with us here at BYU, but I really believe they're in for an unbelievable ride with Jimmer's professional career," said Rose.

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