BYU Adds Basketball Commit

Jimmer Fredette

In early August, small forward Chris Collinsworth became the first recruit to commit to play for the Cougar basketball team. This week, the BYU basketball recruiting class of 2007 doubled in size when a shooting star from upstate New York committed to play for Coach Dave Rose and his Cougars.

Jimmer Fredette, the combo guard from Glens Falls, New York, made his official visit to BYU last weekend, but he did not commit on his trip to Provo.

"We'll I wanted to go home and talk it over with my family," Fredette said. "Then the coaches came to my house on Tuesday and I committed then. They were really excited and jumped out of their seats. They said, ‘We're going to have a lot of fun, and you're going to have a great career.'"

Fredette made the visit with his father, and they both came away very impressed.

"We got in Thursday night," Fredette said. "My host was Jordan Cameron. Me and Chris Collinsworth were together with him and Brock Zylstra. I went around and met all the coaches, the AD, and the BYU president. We ate out a lot and went to a movie, then I went to the football game, and that was really cool. The fans were awesome. Then we went to Sundance where we had dinner and Trent Plaistead was there. We then went over to some guy's log cabin; it was very nice. We played video games and just hung out. We then went to Chris Collinsworths house, because he lives close by."

Fredette said he has visited Provo in the past, but was glad he was able to come again.

"I have family out in Utah, so it's nice to be able to visit them," said Fredette.

Fredette said the reason he choose BYU is because of the opportunity for immediate playing time and the religious aspect.

"They have four senior guards leaving," Fredette said. "That means I can come in and try and get one of those starting spots. BYU said I will play both the point guard spot and the shooting guard spot. I'm not going to go on a mission, and I don't have plans to redshirt. So I plan on playing four years straight."

Fredette said that the coaches told him that he and Chris Collinsworth were the only two players they have offered. Fredette thinks the coaches plan on offering a scholarship to a junior college point guard.

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound Fredette said he is working out hard with a personal trainer to get quicker and is working on his pull up jump shot.

"I'm excited about going to BYU," Fredette said. "I get along well with Trent, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard. Those are the guys I'm going to be playing with. I like Austin and Rashuan too, but they won't be there when I get there. I also really like the coaches. I connected with Coach Wardenburg, and I love Coach Rose. I love the way he runs his team."

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