BYU basketball: If not 1st round lock, Jimmer Fredette likely to return

by | Apr. 20, 2010

Saints & Sports

Unless BYU guard Jimmer Fredette gets some assurance that he'll be a first-round pick, he'll likely return to the Cougars for his senior season.

"The hope is to probably come back unless something happens ... I would have to have a very solid, concrete guarantee (of being picked) probably in the first round," Fredette said Tuesday morning.

Fredette declared for the NBA draft on Monday, but is maintaining his college eligibility by not hiring an agent. For now, only BYU coach Dave Rose and Fredette himself can have contact with NBA teams. He can work out for NBA scouts from April 28 to May 8. He would have to remove his name from the draft by May 8 in order to return to BYU.

"I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to get some workouts ... there's going to be a lot of discussion between coach and I about where I'll be going," he said.

Fredette said there are two main reasons he declared for the draft. Mainly, he wants an assessment of where he stands as an NBA prospect and wants feedback on where he needs to improve.

"It's more for going for the experience and getting feedback and to prepare myself to be a better basketball player," he said.

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