At 5:15 p.m. today, Jimmer Fredette will join his BYU teammates at the Pepsi Center to take on Wofford in the first round of the NCAA basketball championships -- and according to the Denver Post's Woody Paige, Tim Tebow may turn up to watch a baller with a reputation every bit as squeaky-clean as his.
Could this pairing become a regular thing?
As we noted in a previous post, Fredette's girlfriend, Whitney Wonnacott, is from the Denver area and attended Chatfield High School, giving him a fine reason to look toward settling in Colorado. And while the Nuggets are doing mighty well right now -- their fourth quarter dismantling of the Atlanta Hawks in A-town last night was positively inspirational -- they could use a player with Fredette's deadly shooting touch.
As could pretty much every other team in the NBA -- and that's the rub.
In the meantime, Fredette's prolific offensive skills have made him a favorite of many fans -- but as Paige correctly points out, he's a polarizing figure, as is Tebow, due to his gooder-than-good image. Consider his Facebook page, on which he's careful not to publish anything that might dim his golden glow. Here's a sampling of his benign wall posts of late:
mwc tourny tomorrow thanks for the support this year March 9 at 5:46pm
semi's here we come!!! March 10 at 3:05pm
thanks for the support today!! March 11 at 9:26pm
i have the best fans in the world! March 12 at 11:17am
Now time to get ready for NCAA tournament March 12 at 9:02pm
we play Wofford in the first round March 13 at 4:07pm
After that expected victory, the road for BYU gets much tougher, particularly in light of Brandon Davies's suspension for an honor code violation. But no matter how far the Cougars get, Fredette's star will continue to rise. But where? Only Tim Tebow's savior -- and His dad -- know for sure.
More from our Sports archive: "UNC Bears: Can Devon Beitzel do a Jimmer Fredette and beat San Diego State in Big Dance?"
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