Sitting at a table in a restaurant in Glens Falls a month ago, the thought of his younger brother, Jimmer Fredette, playing for the New York Knicks brought a smile to T.J. Fredette's face.
"We want to see him with the Knicks," T.J. said.
What sounded more like wishful thinking then will be a step closer toward reality Friday. Fredette is scheduled to work out for his family's favorite team.
The Knicks have no first-round picks, but have second-round picks at numbers 38 and 39. The Knicks finished the season 29-53, but have spent all this season and most of last clearing cap room in hopes of landing a big-time free agent like Dwyane Wade from the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh from the Toronto Raptors or LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2010-2011 season.
Fredette's ability to score from all over the court has made him a rising prospect in this year's NBA draft. According to KSL TV in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Glens Falls graduate has worked out for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Boston Celtics and the New Jersey Nets.
The BYU guard entered the NBA draft on April 19 after a stellar season with the Cougars were he averaged 22.1 points and 4.7 assists. Fredette did not hire an agent in order to maintain his amateur status to be able to return to college. The official date to withdraw from the draft is Saturday.
Fredette will talk with his family before making a final decision on whether to return to BYU or stay in the draft.