Team Fredette is Two Wins Away from $2 Million
In a winner-take-all format like The Basketball Tournament, there is no consolation prize. The money has long been the goal, but after each game tips off, competitive nature and pride take over. Oh, and occasionally some guy named Jimmer Fredette takes over.
The Glens Falls native, former college player of the year and now star in China is averaging 32.7 points per game and has his team in the semifinals in Baltimore. Team Fredette will take on Eberlein Drive Thursday night at 9 p.m. on ESPN. In every game he's played this tournament, Jimmer has been the best player on the floor and it may not even be close. There are times he defers to teammates, times he doesn't demand the ball and times you may forget one of the world's most skilled offensive players is out there. But then, boom, a scoring outburst of eight to twelve straight points comes from number 32. He creates his own offense off the dribble and off ball screens. He creates for others by getting into the paint and by drawing defenders who know he can make shots from 30-plus feet out.
Jimmer's back up is EJ Gallup. The Gloversville native calls it the best job in the entire tournament; spell Jimmer and know down shots from the outside. That second part is something Gallup has been doing his entire life and in Team Fredette's win over Jackson, TN, the former UAlbany and Coastal Carolina guard was a perfect 3-3 from downtown.
During a quick pit stop at home between the quarterfinals in Atlanta and the semifinals in Baltimore, Gallup joined Big Board Sports in studio: