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BYU says Jimmer is too cool for school

2011-04-08T16:46:00Z 2011-06-14T21:53:33Z BYU says Jimmer is too cool for schoolKEN TINGLEY -- tingley@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
April 08, 2011 4:46 pm  • 

GLENS FALLS -- Jimmer Fredette has stopped going to classes at Brigham Young University.

That is not unusual for college basketball stars who plan to make their living in the NBA, but in this case it was the school that requested it.

"It was getting too disruptive," said Al Fredette, Jimmer's father, who explained that Jimmer's fame in Provo, Utah, has led to constant requests for autographs and photographs. "He can't go anywhere in Provo without being recognized."

He now does all his schoolwork online.

Fredette has become a national celebrity over the past few months and has been named almost everyone's national collegiate basketball player of the year.

He is in Los Angeles this weekend where the winner of the John Wooden Award was announced Friday night and he appeared Thursday night on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" with University of Connecticut star Kemba Walker.

The Fredettes have been working through the process of selecting an agent who will represent their son after he is drafted.

"During the tournament, we would have agents surround us before the game and at halftime," said Al Fredette.

"It was a little bit embarrassing," said Jimmer's mother, Kay Fredette.

The Fredettes said the plan is to narrow the agents to five and then have Jimmer sit down and interview them before making a choice.

There have also been offers to make appearances for a lot of money. The Fredettes said one corporation offered to pay Jimmer $20,000 and take care of all of his expenses to appear at an event in Miami. They said he turned it down.

He has also been invited to play in a prestigious celebrity golf tournament, even though he is a much better basketball player than golfer.

"They told him not to worry about it, that they would pair him with (former NBA star and now television commentator) Charles Barkley," said Al Fredette. "Apparently, Charles can't play at all."

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 23 and most analysts are predicting that Fredette should be about the 15th pick in the first round.

Al Fredette said he would love to see his son play for one of the regional teams like Boston, New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia.

"I'd love to see him play for Danny Ainge (in Boston), but they have (Rajon) Rondo," said Al Fredette. "Utah would be good, too, since my daughter lives there and we really know our way around out there."

The one thing that is quite certain is that Jimmer Fredette is going to be getting a big payday soon after he is drafted. Al Fredette, who is a financial planner, said the plan is for him to handle Jimmer's money.

"He should never have to worry about making a living for the rest of his life," said Al Fredette. "If his career blows up, there could be foundations and stuff and he could really help a lot of people and he has some ideas about that."

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  1. nottheaverageguy
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    nottheaverageguy - April 23, 2011 9:28 pm
    ADK1966 said: "Yes Jimmer has done well in BasketballYes most people are happy for himBut, have we heard enough about Jimmer?I haveIt’s time to stop"
    I agree 100% its a "game" for pity sake! I thought I'd seen and heard it all about this kid until today when I went to pick up some things in Glens Falls, I saw a "license plate type" sign in the back window of a car that said "Jimmer for President". If a game playing kid can achieve this sort of following no wonder the country is going in the toilet.
  2. ADK1966
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    ADK1966 - April 17, 2011 8:04 am
    Yes Jimmer has done well in Basketball
    Yes most people are happy for him
    But, have we heard enough about Jimmer?
    I have
    It’s time to stop
  3. manof4
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    manof4 - April 14, 2011 12:27 am
    Get real, this is a non-issue! There were only two or three days of school left in the term anyway. School is out for good in another week. Everybody is in finals now. They make it sound as if he's holed up somewhere in a cave spending hours and hours in online classes. He probably missed two or three hours of class time at the most. Find some real news to write about.
  4. TJ8
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    TJ8 - April 13, 2011 3:07 pm
    Just as Rachel Ray 'gives something back' to Glens Falls, perhaps Jimmer one day might give something back to Glens Falls too. Jimmer and his family are a testiment to the wholesome, healthy, hard-working, and positive attitude of the Glens Falls region. Downtown Glens Falls could use less seedy bars and more wholesome businesses. Perhaps Jimmer could eventually invest in (supporting) small businesses ventures on Glen, Ridge, Warren, and South streets. One of the main reasons people follow the exploits of Jimmer is because he's a small town kid who made it big. If Jimmer was from Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo, or anywhere down near NYC he wouldn't be nearly as interesting to hometown America.
    Financially, it's smart to feed that hometown/apple pie sentiment with small business investing. Just a thought. There are a lot worse financial pursuits out there that athletes have wasted their millions upon.
  5. RyanGreg50
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    RyanGreg50 - April 13, 2011 10:41 am
    Baldguy71. Don't take this the wrong way but Tim Stauffer, Brendan Harris and Adam Terry were NEVER the FACE of their respective sports for any period of time let alone almost two full months. Adam Terry never made it to a super bowl with the Ravens either; they won it in when he was attending Syracuse University as a red shirt freshman. Personally, I'm glad that Tim started for the Padres this year and Brendan signed a nice contract, but I don't care to read about guys in the minor leagues for three years or an N.F.L. lineman who has only started a handful of games in his career. As someone who is 29, the same age as Adam Terry and Tim Stauffer, two years younger than Harris I grew up playing with and against the two Qby guys but I don't care to read how their doing in the minor leagues. I wish Stauffer had gotten some respect for starting OPENING DAY though. He does deserve that even if he did move to Toga from Maine later in his high school career.
  6. 7Secondstofall
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    7Secondstofall - April 13, 2011 9:18 am
    Don, you are so right. I am from Glens Falls and I am working in CT right now...everytime I look at the paper, he is there. Anytime I try to watch sports news he is on it. This is crazy. Glens Falls isn't even like this. I could not believe. don't get me wrong congrats Jimmer, but wow. As for the school thing the other kids should be getting in trouble. I don't think this will void well for him. You should check out the story on Yahoo! news as well and read those comments...
  7. Don Donofrio
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    Don Donofrio - April 11, 2011 10:38 am
    I grew up in CT and let me tell you...all the folks complaining about the Jimmer coverage haven't seen nothing yet! I think the Post-Star has handled the "local boy done good" coverage very well.

    In CT, every sports report begins and ends with UCONN basketball, every day. I even remember seeing one story about the UCONN women's team getting their nails done!
  8. quittintime
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    quittintime - April 11, 2011 7:36 am
    incrediblywellinformed, Thanks for the link to an informative and very positive article attesting to the great skills, unselfishness and potential in which Jimmer Fredette possesses.The article touts Fredettes ability to carry a team with little or no talent and take them deep into the NCAA tournament.In it he is said to "know how to play well with others" and "fasinating".In the article he is compared to the likes of Stephen Curry,'Big Baby' Glen Davis,and even the great Pete Maravich.If 'one incredibally well informed' person were to just look at the title of the article ,they would think it was calling Fredette a ball hog when in fact it is about his great talent and how he steps up to the plate and delivers when asked by his coaches.Thanks for the heads up. From the article..."Fredette must try to overwhelm a team game with his individual brilliance. This obligatory self-reliance is what makes him so fascinating to watch"
  9. Baldguy71
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    Baldguy71 - April 10, 2011 2:46 am
    Now, don't take this the wrong way, I'm happy Jimmer is doing good and will be making it to the pro's - but all this fuss over a kid who is playing COLLEGE basketball. I don't remember this much attention given to Brendan Harris who has played in the the major leagues in baseball for a few years now. How about Stauber from Saratoga pitching opening day this year. And how about the kid from Queensbury (I forget his name) who played in the Super Bowl for the Ravens a few years back. These three are professional athletes - Jimmer WILL be there too, but why does he get so much more attention than we showed these other guys ?!?!?!
  10. incrediblywellinformed
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    incrediblywellinformed - April 09, 2011 4:18 pm
    Nice to see that I am not the only NON fan.

    Here is some interesting reading:
    http://www.slate.com/id/2289100/
  11. cixelsyd
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    cixelsyd - April 08, 2011 11:41 pm
    No kidding animal. I'm expecting soon to see a story about him having a bowel movement.
  12. Luv-FF
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    Luv-FF - April 08, 2011 7:37 pm
    Good for you guys!! Couldn't happen to a better family!
  13. animal
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    animal - April 08, 2011 7:12 pm
    who cares, really?
  14. Bill In Glens Falls
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    Bill In Glens Falls - April 08, 2011 6:29 pm
    Sounds to me like the kids who are harassing him should be written up on the honor code.

    That's ridiculous.

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