Jimmer Fredette has had a busy offseason. After attending Spring Term classes at BYU, Fredette returned to New York, and is taking summer off. That doesn’t mean he has taken a break from basketball.
Fredette is participating in an NCAA-sanctioned tournament called King of Kings, which showcases some of the top college talent in the country. “Participating” may be understating it.
Fredette has dominated in the two games he has played in the tournament, averaging 34 points, 6 assists, 2 steals and 4 rebounds per game.
The most recent game was against a combination of players from Syracuse and Canisius universities, both Division I schools. Fredette dropped a modest 41 points on the team featuring Rick Jackson and Brandon Triche, both considered up-and-coming talent for the Orangemen.
“I felt I played pretty well. We only had five guys. The team was struggling, then I started making some shots,” said Fredette, who has led his team in scoring in each of the games he has played. “I felt like I had a good all-around game … it was a lot of fun.”
Fredette said he and the rest of the BYU basketball team have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming season.
“I’ve been working a lot on my pull-up jumper, ball handling and getting my teammates open,” Fredette said. “Everybody has improved, and we’ve been working pretty hard in the off-season.”
Although it has already been a stressful offseason due to the health scare of coach Dave Rose, Fredette said it will help the team for the upcoming year.
“We’ve learned we need to cherish the time we have together, and it will bring us closer. We’ll be a little more together this year,” Fredette said. “We’re extremely, extremely glad he’s OK.”
Fredette said he is also excited to see the improvements Jonathan Tavernari and Charles Abouo have made, as both have been playing with their national teams this summer. He said he hopes fans are just as excited.
“Expect good things from us this year,” Fredette said. “Hopefully fans will come out and support us and like what they see.”