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Fredette holds his own in workout with Kemba Walker

Jun 15, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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Jimmer Fredette is a guy moving his way up NBA draft boards.

Which thrills the marketing departments of a lot of teams, but that’s not why. On the court, Fredette is balling. He is knocking down shots but showing a more rounded game as well. Then he’s impressing front office types during interviews.

But teams wanted to see him work out against other top-flight guys from this draft — which is what happened Wednesday in Utah against Kemba Walker.

Walker is the higher rated prospect, but Fredette may have earned more points Wednesday morning, according to a tweet from Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Jimmer wasn’t outplayed by Walker. Definitely held his own, according to four other players involved in workout.

In other comments Walker said Fredette was strong, fast and a good passer.

There are rumors that the Kings were wowed by Fredette at his workout for them and may snatch the BYU guard at No. 7. The Jazz are not going to take him at No. 3 (although who they will take is a mystery) but if Fredette falls to No. 12 they will have to seriously consider him.

The Jazz marketing department wants him badly, because they need something to sell for next season with Deron Williams gone and Fredette is virtually a walking god in Utah. But if the Jazz (or Kings) take him it will be because the kid can ball, and it sounds like he did that on Wednesday.

  1. zblott - Jun 15, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Kemba doesn’t have what it takes to be a star in the league, and Jimmer’s role is more well defined – I would take Jimmer over Kemba but not near the top of Round One. Here’s a look at all the likely first round draftees from the college ranks, including those two of course:

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2011/6/11/2011-nba-draft-sorting-out-the-college-players.html

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