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BYU coach Dave Rose thrilled that Jimmer Fredette has found a new NBA home

By Jeff Call, Deseret News

Published: Sat, March 1 7:25 p.m. MST

 BYU head coach Dave Rose smiles during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

BYU head coach Dave Rose smiles during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Jessica Hill, AP)

SAN DIEGO — It’s been three years since Jimmermania swept the country.

And after spending a lot of time on the bench with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, former BYU consensus All-American Jimmer Fredette cleared waivers and was expected to sign a contract with the Chicago Bulls Saturday.

After the Cougars’ 78-70 victory over San Diego, BYU coach Dave Rose was thrilled about the news.

“If that happens, I know he’ll be really happy,” Rose said. “It’s what he wants. He’s really excited about that opportunity. I think all Jimmer fans everywhere are happy that he’s (playing somewhere else).”

Rose said he and Fredette remain close. “We text quite a bit,” he said.

While Fredette, a first-round draft pick in 2011, is widely regarded as a defensive liability, the Bulls are hoping he can provide them with a 3-point shooting threat. Chicago ranks No. 26 in the NBA in 3-point shooting.

Fredette is shooting 49.3 percent this season from 3-point territory.

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1. LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT,
March 1, 2014

So happy for Jimmer!

2. Proud Ute
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March 2, 2014

I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt and saying his NBA career starts today.
Good luck Mr. Fredette.