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Episode #69

Jimmer Fredette

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 John Wooden Award Winner, NCAA Player of the Year, & BYU Legend Talks About the Ups & Downs of Life in the Spotlight



Guest Bio:

James Taft "Jimmer" Fredette[1][2] (born February 25, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Fredette was the 2011 National Player of the Year in college basketball after ranking as the leading scorer in all of NCAA Division I during his senior season for the BYU Cougars. He was selected with the tenth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. He spent the majority of the 2015–16 season in the NBA Development League, during which he won the All-Star Game MVP. In 2016, he joined the CBA's Shanghai Sharks, and during the 2016–17 CBA season, he led the league in scoring, at 37.6 points per game, counting all phases of the season, and won the CBA International MVP award.


2010-11 Nations leading scorer (28.9 points per game)

2011 National Player of the Year (Naismith, Wooden, AP, Oscar Robertson, NABC, Adolph Rupp, Sporting News, Basketball Times,,

2011 Lowes Senior CLASS Award

2011 ESPY for Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year

2011 first-team All-American (John R. Wooden Award, AP, Sporting News, State Farm Coaches for NABC Division I, USBWA, Basketball Times,,, Yahoo! Sports,, Lute Olson)

2011 MWC Player of the Year

2011 All-MWC First Team

2011 MWC Tournament MVP

2011 NABC All-District 17 First Team

2011 USBWA All-District VIII First Team

2011 USBWA District VIII Player of the Year

2011 Dick Vitale National Player of the Week (Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 17)

2011 Weekly Watch National Player of the Week (Jan. 10, Jan. 17)

2011 MWC Player of the Week (Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 28)

2011 South Padre Island Invitational MVP

2011 Bob Cousy Award Finalist (Final 5)

2010 USBWA National Player of the Week (Dec. 13)

2010 Basketball Times All-America Second Team

2010 NABC State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America Third Team

2010 Lute Olson All-America

2010 AP All-America Honorable Mention

2010 Sporting News All-America Third Team

2010 NABC All-District 17

2010 USBWA All-District VIII

2010 USBWA All-District VIII Player of the Year

2010 High-Major All-America First Team

2010 MWC All-Tournament

2010 All-MWC First Team

2009-10 MWC Player of the Week (Nov. 16, Dec. 28, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Feb. 22)

USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week (Jan. 4)

2009-10 Naismith Trophy Midseason Candidate

2009-10 Oscar Robertson Trophy Finalist

2009-10 Wooden Award Candidate

2009 HoopTV Las Vegas Classic MVP

2009 Fiesta Bowl Classic MVP

2009 High-Major All-America Honorable Mention

2009 USBWA All-District VIII

2009 MWC First Team

2009 MWC All-Tournament

2008-09 MWC Player of the Week (two times)

Show Notes


  • Introduction (2:10)

  • How Jimmer met his wife in college (3:58)

  • Jimmers pathway to BYU (8:26)

  • Did Jimmer ever consider going on a mission (10:51)

  • How did Jimmer start his mania at BYU (13:03)

  • Jimmer's senior season at BYU and the up's and down's (18:45)

  • Winning all seven major awards for a college athlete (34:03)

  • Who was Jimmer's favorite person that he met during this time (34:18)

  • Being drafted and the NBA during his rookie year (40:56)

  • What were the issues with the Kings (42:05)

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