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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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