BYU Great Jimmer Fredette Spends Time With SUU Basketball During T-Birds’ Team Session

May 19, 2020, 7:37 PM | Updated: 7:42 pm
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Former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette joins a video call with the Southern Utah men's basketball team on May 19, 2020. (Courtesy of @SUUBasketball on Twitter)
(Courtesy of @SUUBasketball on Twitter)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former BYU and current Euroleague guard Jimmer Fredette shared “his inspirational journey and wealth of experience” with the Southern Utah men’s basketball team during a recent team session.

Thunderbirds head coach Todd Simon shared a photo of a laptop featuring a video call between his basketball team and the former NBA player.

“Incredible team session with special guest Jimmer Fredette sharing his inspirational journey and wealth of experience with us,” Simon posted alongside the photo. “His mindset is just such an elite level!”

According to SUU Basketball’s official Twitter account, Fredette hopped on the Zoom call with the T-Birds on Tuesday, May 19, and shared “share some things with” the team.

Jimmer Fredette in EuroLeague

Fredette is currently home in Colorado after the Euroleague season was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this year, the former BYU star was in the middle of playing his first season in EuroLeague as a member of the Greek basketball club, Panathinaikos.

We were having a good season. Things were going really well and we were playing well and I was having a lot of fun. You know the family was over there and just enjoying the European life,” said Fredette. “It was a nice change up and then all of the sudden we kind of heard all of the stuff that was going on in China with the virus at first and didn’t know exactly what to think much of it.”

Fredette appeared in 27 games including 24 starts during the 2019-20 EuroLeague season. He averaged 12.9 points on 52.5 percent shooting in just over 21 minutes per contest.

Jimmer Fredette at BYU

Prior to his time in the Euroleague and the NBA, Fredette played for BYU from 2007-11.

As a senior, the guard led BYU to a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the Sweet 16.

Fredette’s performance during his senior season earned him the Naismith Player of the Year award and he was unanimously named the 2011 national player of the year.

He was drafted into the NBA with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

In 2016, Fredette traveled to China to play for the Shanghai Sharks. He returned to the NBA for a short stint with the Phoenix Suns in 2019 before signing with Panathinaikos.

Southern Utah Basketball

The Thunderbirds men’s basketball team finished the 2019-20 season with a 17-15 record under Coach Simon. SUU went 9-11 in Big Sky Conference play and 9-5 at home.

Southern Utah defeated Idaho 75-69 in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament on March 11.

The T-Birds next game of the tourney was scheduled for March 12 against Northern Colorado. The contest was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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