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Fredette ready for hometown return

2010-04-14T00:45:00Z Fredette ready for hometown returnBy Alicia Johnson ajohnson@postar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
April 14, 2010 12:45 am  • 

When Jimmer Fredette was just a freshmen at Brigham Young University, the coaching staff told him they would try to get him a game near his hometown.

The gesture, which the coaching staff tries to do for all players, could have brought Jimmer and the rest of the Cougars anywhere from Madison Square Garden in Manhattan to the Times Union Center in Albany.

But a letter from Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond eventually got a game much closer than Jimmer would have imagined.

"Who knew it would be in Glens Falls," asked Fredette with a laugh. "It's funny that they were able to do that."

Fredette said his only role in the whole process was suggesting area teams like Siena and the University of Albany as possible opponents.

Ultimately, it looks like it will be the Catamounts from the University of Vermont that will be BYU's opponent at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

"It's amazing that they were able to get a game back there," Fredette said. "We will be really far away, but BYU will have a home crowd there."

It's been a wild season for the Glens Falls graduate, who grabbed national headlines after scoring 37 points in BYU's double-overtime win over Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

It was BYU's first tournament victory in 17 years, and Fredette was right in the middle of the action.

His shooting, ball-handling and drives to the basket immediately thrust the 6-foot-2 guard into NBA discussions.

Fredette, who will be a senior next year, said he will enter his name into the NBA Draft, but won't hire an agent to maintain amateur status.

"My expectation is to go into this thing expecting to come back (to school)," he said. "That's what I'm expecting to do - never know what can happen. If you have an opportunity and that presents itself, you may never get it again, might have to take it. The mindset going in is solely coming back to school. Test the waters and see what it's like."

Fredette said he's seen projections that put him as high as 15th to as low as the late second round. But he maintains that the best approach is to get information for the people who ultimately make the decisions.

To do that, Fredette hopes to get invited to a few private workouts with NBA teams between April 25-May 8. The workouts will allow him to understand where he stands in the eyes of NBA teams.

"He (will) go to a couple of camps and get seen by a few different teams," older brother T.J. Fredette said. "And then see where the interest level is and then make a decision. But chances are he will go back (to school)."

T.J. said he believes Jimmer's game is a mix between Phoenix point guard Steve Nash, in his ability to handle the ball and knock down shots, and Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams in the way that he's built.

"I'm not saying he's as good as them at this point," T.J. said. "But the goal is to get there."

Jimmer hasn't been the only Fredette grabbing a few headlines during BYU's NCAA run.

T.J. has also gained notoriety from his rap music. The 27-year-old wrote and made a video called "Amazing" about Jimmer and him growing up.

The music video, which featured family photos and videos of Jimmer and T.J. playing basketball, has been posted on several Web sites with the song being played on ESPN and The Dan Patrick Show.

"I didn't know he was going to get as much attention," Jimmer said. "He got some music out there. It was great for him. I'm sure he was extremely happy. He's a big part of my success."

Another big part of Jimmer's success is the support he gets from family and friends all over the country. He constantly gets text messages and e-mails of encouragement. It was that constant fan support that Jimmer credits in having the opportunity to possibly play in an arena that has meant so much to him and the community.

"It's exciting to be able to do this," Jimmer said. "It's exciting to come back to the hometown where it started."

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