BYU is more than just Jimmer, Chandler Parsons says
BYU guard Jimmer Fredette grabs most of the headlines for the Cougars, but as Florida prepares to face BYU Thursday in the NCAA Tournament, UF senior forward Chandler Parsons said it's important for the Gators to recognize that BYU is more than just Jimmer Fredette.
Containing the other Cougars will be key, he said.
“Jimmer has done it against everybody,'' Parsons said. "He’s one of the special players in the country. So, there are other guys who are definitely key, there are other guys who are definitely capable of scoring and contributing big. So, even last year with Jimmer having 37 points, they scored 80-something, so that means the other guys must be doing something right.”
Florida lost to BYU 99-92 in double overtime in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City. Parsons said the Gators are a more mature team this year, and more prepared for the task at hand - a task that won't be easy.
“I feel great,'' Parsons said about facing BYU. "I feel like they’re a really good team, and obviously Jimmer has had a ridiculous year. He’s been doing some special things, and he’s been playing well against everybody. But I think the most important thing about them is the other guys who don’t get a lot of credit are very good. Watching film on them, they’re tough, they’re well coached, they’re smart, disciplined. I think watching them on film last year, you don’t understand how good they are until you actually play them. So, I think we have a good understanding going into the game how good they are and that they’re even a better team this year.”