Mr. Fredette has been balling since he could walk, he started shooting and hitting threes since the age of five. His father gave him the gift of paying against older competition which gave him an edge early. Being born in the Glens Falls area where New York State Champions go to be named champ, Jimmer was destined from birth to be great.
Being ranked was nothing new for Jimmer, he was 75th in the nation, and ranks as 16th all time amongst New York scorers with 2,404 career points. Jimmer was ranked all state, and had 12 different 40 point games his senior year of high school. Jimmers father often took him to Hartford and New York City to compete against the stronger, more competitive competition which kept him sharp. Jimmer went 25-2 his senior year, but lost in the state championship which hurt his prospects but didn’t destroy them. Though he went largely unnoticed by the big schools, he was still recruited by 12 colleges before settling on BYU Brigham Young University.
Jimmer got to college and showed the basketball world what they missed out on by not recruiting him higher. By his sophomore year Mr. Fredette averaged 16 points, 1.5 steals, and 4 assists a game making first team all conference. Junior year 2009 saw Jimmer elevating his game to another level when against the Arizona Wildcats he poured in 49 points setting a record for the most points scored at the McKale Center. He would go on to break the cumulative Mountain West Conference tournament and single-game tournament records when he scored 45 points against TCU. By March he had helped secure his school’s first round victory in the NCAA Tournament against Florida, his 37 points was good enough to tie another BYU great named Danny Ainge. It was the school’s first time reaching the second round in 17 years. I think it’s safe to say Jimmer could have competed at any level, at any school.
Jimmer decided to skip the NBA draft and continue his education at BYU for his senior year, a choice that was considered crazy by many who dream of the NBA. in doing so he would set the college basketball world on fire as a senior. Fredette scored a season-high 47 points in BYU’s road victory over archrival Utah on January 11, 2011, scoring 32 in the first half including a 40-foot buzzer-beater to end the first half. He was a seasoned vet and commanded double and triple teams the entire season, but somehow still showed the world what he was made of. Let’s have a look at some of his numbers. He racked up 39 points against UNLV, 33 points in a rematch against Arizona, 26 against Vermont back home in Glens Falls, 43 points against San Diego State who was undefeated, 29 points against UNLV again, and 52 points against Mexico State during the conference tournament.
Jimmer and BYU would be ranked 3rd in the NCAA Tournament and he scored 32 points while bouncing Wofford in the first round. But he wasn’t done there, he dropped 34 points against Gonzaga to advance his team to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to Florida in a rematch from last year. Jimmer would be named College Basketball Player of the year, and it was well deserved. He never let the doubters hold him back, and he ended showing the world why he was crowned king in high school and crowned king again in college. He has too many records and accolades to type, but know it was all well deserved.
Jimmer would go on to be selected 10th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA draft. His NBA career was filled with ups and downs, but Jimmer never gave up and always showed signs of greatness. Playing for teams like Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, and New York but it was his time in China that saw him flourish as a pro.
His numbers didn’t disappoint while playing for the Shanghai Sharks, where Jimmer scored 51 points against Guangdong Southern Tigers. But not to be outdone by himself, he went on to score 73 points against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in double overtime. He would be named CBA’s International Regular Season MVP of the 2016–17 season, averaging 37 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assist, and 1 steal per game. Mr. Buckets was alive and well, and the CBA was his new home. He would resign with the Sharks and drop 75 points against Beikong Fly Dragons, and by the end of the 2018–19 CBA season, he led the entire league in overall total points scored. Jimmer found a home, and we are happy he’s playing his game again.