TBT 2018 SEMIFINALS PREVIEW: Team Fredette VS Eberlein Drive


By: Josh Goldfine | @jgoldfine

A TBT Cinderella takes on the Jimmer show

Few could have predicted how TBT would transpire for either of these teams. For Eberlein Drive, the question was how the big men would play together. Team’s Fredette’s biggest question mark was whether Jimmer Fredette would have enough support.

Both teams have answered the questions, and now they will battle for a spot in the finals as Eberlein Drive takes on Team Fredette on Thursday, August 2nd at 9:00 PM EST live on ESPN.

Jimmer Fredette, the 2011 National Player of the Year at BYU, can shoot from anywhere and is TBT’s leading scorer this summer at 33 points per game. Fredette has been especially deadly at the foul line, where he has 95% of his attempts. 

But, it’s not just the team’s namesake that makes this engine go. 

Power forward Brandon Davies (15.0 ppg, 60% shooting) and point guard Ra’Shad James (14.3 ppg, 58% shooting) can each do a little bit of everything. Team Fredette added NBA veteran power forward Jack Cooley prior to the Super 16, and Cooley delivered with 71% shooting and a strong defensive presence.

Team Fredette causes havoc for its opponents, as its 44 steals rank second in TBT. Those steals often lead to easy transition baskets and 53% shooting that leads TBT. Team Fredette shoots from long distance, ranking second in three-pointers, but also gets to the line and has made more free throws than any other team.

Eberlein Drive’s story could literally only be told in TBT. 

General Manager Jacob Hirschmann named his team after the cul-de-sac he grew up on in his suburban Detroit neighborhood and was actually forced to play himself after several of his recruited players didn’t show up in the inaugural TBT back in 2014. Hirschmann wound up in the hospital after he was dunked on by former NBA guard “Smush” Parker. 

Four years later, Hirschmann and co-General Manager Matt Mitchell have assembled a Regional Champion after Eberlein Drive dispatched reigning West Region champion Team Challenge ALS.

Point guard Jerome Randle was nearly unstoppable in Atlanta, averaging 31.5 points per game in Eberlein Drive’s two wins. Randle’s 25.0 points per game rank second in TBT.

Hirschmann and Mitchell have assembled a talent-laden roster, especially inside the paint. 

NBA veteran big men Lou Amundson and Jeremy Evans can each score, rebound and defend. Center Willie Reed has chipped in at 12.5 points per game. Power forward James Michael McAdoo, who scored 12 points in the Super 16 win over Gael Force, may return for the semi-final.

The backcourt is solid, as Randle is complemented by shooting guard Osiris Eldridge, a solid two-way player. Donald Sloan, who led the way at 24.5 points per game on opening weekend before missing the Super 16, may also return for the semi-final.



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