TBT Spotlight: Team Fredette

 

By: Patrick Ronan, Contributing Writer | @pk_ronan


There’s a new threat in the West with a very familiar name. Led by Jimmer, TJ and Al Fredette, Team Fredette will make the first of what they hope to be many TBT appearances.

Let’s get right to the question I know you’re asking, “Is Jimmer going to play?”

As of now, we still don’t know. He’s listed as a coach on the Team Fredette roster, but so are TJ Fredette, Al Fredette and Blair Giles.

Am I insinuating that four coaches could be a bit excessive and one of those coaches – I don’t know, maybe the former NCAA Division I scoring leader – swaps out the clipboard for a jersey?

Maybe.

Would we all love to see Jimmer lace them up and give opposing defenses nightmares?

One hundred percent, yes.

Unfortunately, unless the Fredette camp decides to let us in on the secret early, we’ll more than likely have to wait at least a few more weeks before we can really get a solid gauge of whether or not Jimmer will play.

*Remember, rosters lock on July 1

While Jimmer will understandably get most of the attention regardless of if he plays or not, the Fredette men have put together a strong squad that could make some serious year-one noise. All seven players on the current roster have professional experience, but three stand out to me.

EJ Gallup  6’4”  Shooting Guard

Naturally, when scouting a team with a name like Team Fredette, the first thing you’d expect is a handful of snipers from beyond the three-point arc. EJ Gallup is exactly that. A go-to scorer, Gallup averaged 17.4 and 18.4 PPG in his first two years at Albany.

His last two years were spent at Coastal Carolina, where he averaged 17.2 points per game as a senior and led the Big South conference in three-point shooting percentage (43.4%).

We’ve seen some huge scoring performances in TBTs past, and Gallup would be the first (okay, potentially second…) pick to go off for 30+.

Darington Hobson  6’7”  Small Forward

There are always players in TBT that fly way under the radar because they didn’t play at a big-name college or have played professionally in leagues other than the NBA. Darington Hobson is one of those players.

It’s no surprise the Fredettes reached out to Hobson, as they’ve gotten a couple of first-hand accounts of what he can do. In the 2009-10 season, Hobson’s New Mexico teams beat Jimmer’s BYU Cougars both times they played. In the second meeting, Hobson went for 20 points, 14 rebounds and his game-ending block sealed the win for the Lobos.

That same season, Hobson beat out Jimmer for Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and was taken with the 37th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks that summer in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Hobson is a true playmaker on offense. He rebounds well and is versatile enough to run the point – a potential match headache for opposing defenses. Don’t be surprised to see him have a huge tournament if Team Fredette makes a run.

Dejan Kravic   6’11”   Power Forward

Size can be a huge advantage in TBT, and Texas Tech alum Dejan Kravic teams up with fellow borderline seven-footer Sean Finn to give Team Fredette a formidable frontcourt.

Kravic currently plays for the Rethymno Cretan Kings in the Greek Basketball League and has also played in the Dutch Basketball League – where he wan an All-Star in 2016 and won the 2016 DBL championship.

Think about a lineup that includes a 6’7’ point guard and a pair of near seven-footers…. Not to mention the possibility of adding one of the best collegiate shooters in recent memory.

Obviously, adding a player like Jimmer would be a huge addition for Team Fredette, but by no means is this team dependent upon Jimmer’s status as player or coach. They’ve got shooters, scorers and size – we’ll see if that proves to be a $2 million combination.