QUEENSBURY — When Jimmer Fredette returns to Glens Falls, he usually does not stay long.
The hometown star is busy, juggling days between family and friends. But finding time for rising Glens Falls senior Joseph Girard III is always a priority.
Wednesday morning, Fredette put Girard through a private workout at SUNY Adirondack. The two sharpshooters spent about 90 minutes on the floor. Fredette served as the elder scorer, sharing his arsenal of tricks with a knowledge-hungry Girard.
“I wanted to show him some things that I learned later on in my career,” Fredette said. “Things he can work on now to jump-start his career.
“Joe can score at a high level in high school and even at college. He could do that right now. My goal for him, if he wants to go to the NBA, I want him to work on stuff where he can get his shot off at the NBA level.”
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From running floaters, lane finishes and of course, step-back 3-pointers, Girard left Fredette’s workout with a few new moves at his disposal.
Come winter, Girard will put Fredette’s lessons to use as New York’s all-time leading scorer should continue to add to his 3,306 career-point total.
Fredette also acknowledged Girard’s added size is a plus.
“He is a little bit big, taller for sure,” Fredette said. “He is just getting older, filling out and getting stronger and that will continue to happen naturally. He is a hard worker, so he’ll keep working on his body.”
This is not the first time Girard and Fredette have worked out together in the Glens Falls area. Before Girard’s sophomore season and 2,000 career points ago, the two met for a private session.
Still playing professional in the Chinese Basketball Association, Fredette is returning for his third season with the Shanghai Sharks, and said he enjoys his time in China’s massive basketball market.
“I’ve gotten better as a basketball player and it is fun being the leader of a team,” Fredette said. “Our team we have over there had not made the playoffs for six or seven years, but we’ve created a winning culture, which is awesome.
“The people are great, the fans are awesome. They are basketball crazy in China, so it is a fun place to play.”
Hooping in China means Fredette is away from his wife and young daughter for extended periods. He said they visit sometimes, but being away can be difficult.
“I do not want them over there the entire time I am there,” Fredette said. “It is not the best for them to be away from family in the U.S. I tell myself that I am doing this for a reason because I am doing it for them.”
Last month, “JimmerMania” had a small resurrection. Fredette played in The Basketball Tournament, or TBT, on Team Fredette.
TBT is a $2 million winner-take-all event featuring 72 teams. Fredette’s team advanced to the final four before losing to Team Eberlein Drive.
Fredette used the national showcase to remind people he still has it. Hitting fadeaway 3-pointers and pulling up from nearly 40 feet, Fredette was TBT’s leading scorer, averaging close to 28 points per game.
“It was a great atmosphere and we were able to play on ESPN every game,” Fredette said. “We played against some great competition. A lot of those guys have played in the NBA or in a high-level Euro league, so it is fun to show that I can still play.”
Whether he is playing in China, in the TBT or in a small gym near his hometown, Fredette is happy giving back and paving the way for players of the future, like Girard.
“Being able to work out with Joe is an added bonus to coming home,” he said. “This is my home and I always want to give back, however I can.”