Jimmer Fredette: Details of the Former BYU Star's Book About his Journey to the NBA
Very few athletes can trace their careers back to a single, momentous day, but Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette is not a typical athlete.
On Jan. 27, 2007, Fredette was still in high school when he signed a contract with his older brother T.J., stipulating he would do anything and everything to achieve his goal of making it to the NBA.
The journey began with this agreement, and culminated in Fredette living his dream when he was drafted No. 10 overall in 2011 after starring at BYU for four seasons.
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A new book called "The Contract: The Journey of Jimmer Fredette from the Playground to the Pros" will take readers into Fredette's world, and find out how he made his dream a reality, growing from a teenager in Glen Falls, NY, to a Kings' shooting guard in a matter of years.
The book also magnifies how T.J. struggled with brain damage inexplicably sustained during a routine surgery, and how it brought him and his brother closer together.
Penned by former ESPN writer and now columnist for Yahoo! Sports Pat Forde, "The Contract" also touches on Fredette's Mormon beliefs and the role they played throughout his young life.
The title will be released Sept. 17 by publisher Shadow Mountain.
The 6-foot-2 guard became a national sensation while playing for BYU, putting on electric shooting displays with three-pointers well beyond the arc, and leading the country in scoring his senior year. In his four seasons, he took BYU to two NCAA tournament appearances, and guided them to a Sweet Sixteen berth in 2011.
In the 2010-11 season Fredette was named the National Player of the Year by every major news outlet. He was even named Best Male College Athlete at the ESPYs, ESPN's annual award show that honors achievement in sports.
Yet despite all the accolades and adoring fans, Fredette struggled during his rookie year in the NBA, averaging 7.6 points per game and shooting 36 percent from beyond the three-point line, while the Kings finished the season 22-44.
To build and improve on last year's disappoint, Fredette worked out one-on-one with Kings head coach Keith Smart in the offseason. Many thought Smart kept Fredette in his doghouse after he took over for the fired Paul Westphal seven games into the season, as Fredette's playing time didn't grow as the season progressed.
"Our relationship has definitely evolved," Fredette said to the Salt Lake Tribune. "He came in a tough situation and just had to feel it out. He didn't know what rotation he should play, so sometimes you played a lot, sometimes you didn't play at all. ... We've been growing our relationship this whole summer."
Fredette has vowed to improve his game and continue his tale from high school dreamer to NBA star.
"We haven't necessarily seen [what I can do]. It's going to just be my scoring mentality," Fredette said. "It's going to be me going out there and being aggressive and shooting the basketball and being fearless. That's something that I've always done, and that's going to be my niche in this league.
"I'll show [the Kings] that I can be a very good player in this league and help their team."