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.