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Jimmer hoops with neighborhood kids in Sacramento (Video)

Published December 14, 2013 10:03 pm

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Jimmer Fredette hasn't seen much action on the hardwood since being drafted as an NBA player in 2011, averaging only about 16 minutes and just over five points per game in his career.

However, the former BYU phenom took his turn on the blacktop with a few neighborhood kids earlier this week when they walked up to his door and asked him for a quick pick-up game.

According to this video from ABC News 10 in Sacramento, the former Cougar deadeye shooter played ball with four elementary school kids for about an hour, playing games like "21" and jacking up three-pointers from the street.

"They had some good courage, I think, to go up and talk to me and to ask me to do that," Fredette said at a Kings' practice in the video. "I don't know if I would have had the courage at that age to do that, so it was great."

"You don't get to play with an NBA player in somebody's driveway," Tim "T-Bone" Cole, one of the kids in the video, said. "It's just really cool to meet somebody, you don't have to pay, you just have to ask them to come over."

Fredette, who has struggled to get off the bench so far in his professional career, had his best statistical output of this season against the Jazz on Wednesday, scoring 13 points in 12 minutes of play.

Matthew Miyamoto, another player, summed it up nicely to wrap up the video.

"I can say that he's my friend now and that I've met him," Miyamoto said. "So, it's super cool."

-Brennan Smith

Twitter: @brennanjsmith