Provo » Hoping to take advantage of some opportunities to attend some pre-draft camps and participate in some workouts with NBA teams, BYU junior guard Jimmer Fredette officially declared for the 2010 NBA Draft on Monday.
However, Fredette has not hired an agent, meaning that he can maintain his amateur status and college eligibility if he decides to return to BYU. The all-Mountain West Conference guard has until May 8 to decide whether to remain in the June 24 draft or return for his senior season.
"I've decided to put my name in the draft to explore my options with the NBA at this time," Fredette said. "I'm not hiring an agent to give me the opportunity to come back to BYU. I'm excited for this opportunity to see how I compare with the best players in the nation and to gain feedback on how I can improve as a basketball player."
Also Monday, Fredette's hometown of Glens Falls, N.Y., revealed that BYU will meet Vermont on Dec. 8 in the Glens Falls Civic Center, which seats approximately 6,000. The game was set up so Fredette could return to play in front of his hometown fans.
As a junior, Fredette received multiple All-America team honors and helped the Cougars win 30 games in a season for the first time in school history. Fredette led BYU in scoring (22.1 ppg.) and assists (4.7 apg.) and made 44 percent of his three-point attempts.
Fredette set a BYU single-game scoring record with 49 points against Arizona and an MWC tournament record with 45 points against TCU. He tied the program's NCAA Tournament scoring record with 37 points in BYU's 99-92 double-overtime win over Florida in the first round, the Cougars' first NCAA win in 17 years.
"Jimmer's a great player and has been a big part of our success these past three seasons," BYU coach Dave Rose said in a news release. "He's a great scorer and distributor who really makes our offense go. Jimmer's an All-American and helped us advance in the NCAA Tournament this season. He's excited to explore the opportunities that might be available to him in the NBA Draft."
In declaring after his junior year, Fredette is taking the same route taken by former Cougars Jonathan Tavernari, Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted. Tavernari and Cummard opted to return to BYU for their senior seasons, while Plaisted hired an agent and was taken in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft.
Fredette enters NBA Draft