Jimmer's in a New York State of Mind



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Jimmer Fredette's father Al told me today that Jimmer worked out this morning for the New Jersey Nets, and will work out for the crosstown New York Knicks tomorrow.

That will complete Fredette's four-team NBA workout tour; Jimmer will be back in Provo Friday night and is expected to formally announce his decision to stay in or withdraw from the NBA Draft on Saturday--deadline day.

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The four teams to request workouts with Fredette occupy the following slots in the upcoming NBA Draft:

Oklahoma City: 21st and 26th (1st round), 32nd and 51st (2nd round)

Boston: 19th (1st round) and 52nd (2nd round)

New Jersey: 1st* and 27th (1st round), 31st (2nd round)

New York: 38th and 39th (2nd round; no 1st round picks)

*Lottery team with the worst record; best chance at #1 selection

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Fredette has previously stated he would pretty much require a first-round selection guarantee to forgo his senior season at BYU; the assumption may have been such an assurance was a long shot.

However, ESPN's Chad Ford writes that Fredette is a "rising prospect" approaching deadline day:

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"I've assumed that Fredette would go back to school. Now I'm not so sure. He's been one of the few underclassmen to get a number of workouts this week. Why? It's a weak point guard draft. Scouts were intrigued by his play this season, and several teams' stat guys rank him as the No. 2 point guard in the draft. I've also gotten word that he has impressed people in workouts. I guess we'll find out Saturday if he was able to do enough to secure his status in Round 1."

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An ESPN.com blog in late March included this nugget, which I bring up because Oklahoma City worked Fredette out on Monday.

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"(Thunder forward) Kevin Durant, on who in the NCAA Tournament is impressing him: "A lot of players have caught my eye, too, aside from the obvious guys like John Wall, Evan Turner and DeMarcus Cousins. There's Jimmer Fredette from BYU, he had a great tournament."

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For what it's worth...

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