Florida coach Billy Donovan watched some film of BYU shortly after he learned the Cougars were UF’s NCAA opponent.
Donovan came away most impressed with point guard Jimmer Fredette, BYU’s leading scorer at 21.7 ppg.
“We’ve seen two great point guards in our league in (South Carolina’s Devan) Downey and (Kentucky’s John) Wall, and I’m not so sure those two guys can have the impact in a game like this guy can,” Donovan said. “He goes to Arizona and gets, I think, 49. In the first round of the conference tournament he gets 45. He is an unbelievable player and they obviously have a lot of good pieces around him who are very good players.”
While Fredette is a 44.8 percent 3-point shooter, he’sas adept taking the ball to the basket. In BYU’s first round Mountain West Conference Tournament win against TCU, Fredette went to the foul line 24 times, making 23.
“That’s something that’s unheard of,” Donovan said.