Jimmer Fredette has been making quite the stir these last few weeks scoring over 40 pts in 3 of his last 4 games, and leading BYU to a 20-1 record this season. Now, I’m not a big basketball fan, but I am a big book fan, and recently I read Relentless, the story about Dax Crum, a one-handed D-I basketball player who played a SUU from 2005-2008. As I’ve learned more about both of them, I’ve found that they are actually quite similar.
Here’s a list of 10 things they have in common:
1 ) They both have a major competitive streak.
2 ) They both started getting into the game when they were young (2 or 3).
3 ) They both bonded with siblings over sports.
4 ) They both did at least 3 sports in high school, but settled on Basketball as their real love and what they wanted to do in College.
5 ) They are both LDS (Mormon)
6 ) They both have become a verb: “You’ve been Jimmered” referring to how Jimmer keeps scoring on people and “You’ve been Daxed” referring to when you get jabbed with Dax’s short “thumb.”
7 ) They are the same height.
8 ) They both have played Division I Basketball (Obvious I know, but it’s not something I have in common with anyone)
9 ) They both rigorously trained outside of normal practices, sometimes doing some rather interesting drills.
10 ) Neither of them wanted things to be easy. They prefer the tougher path.
The biggest difference I’ve found between Jimmer and Dax is that one has two hands and the other has only one, which has lead to coaches playing them rather differently.
So the question is who is the better athlete? Does the fact that Dax had more challenges and nay-sayers to overcome prove that he has more grit? Or does the fact that Jimmer is the #1 scorer in the nation prove that he has trained harder?
What do you think?
Bonus question: What would happen if they played against each other 1-on-1?”
To find out more about Jimmer click here. To find out more about Dax click here.