Jimmer Fredette: In NBA Draft, Knicks ‘1A’ Over Jazz
NEW YORK (WFAN) — If he had to choose between the Jazz and Knicks, BYU standout Jimmer Fredette says it’s New York by a narrow margin.
“That’s a tough question,” Fredette said on “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday. “I know they’re my top two choices, but I don’t think I could really pick. … I would probably say the Knicks is 1A.”
Fredette, a Glens Falls, N.Y. native, grew up a Knicks fan, but grew into a household name playing college hoops in Utah.
“I have great fan bases in both spots and I felt very, very comfortable in both places,” he said. “They’re like a 1A and 1B for me, really. I would love either spot.”
The Knicks, who took a look at the guard earlier this month, were the only team to work out Fredette last year. He said it was New York’s inability to give him a draft guarantee that ultimately led to his decision to return to BYU for his senior year.
“I think the biggest thing was I was just looking for a guarantee from someone and up to that point I didn’t get a guarantee from any team that they would pick me in the late first round or early second round,” said Fredette. “And I talked to Danny Ainge, who was a big help, and also Allan Houston … guys who came back for their senior year and had a great time their senior year, were able to accomplish a lot and increased their draft stock.”
Though Fredette prefers the Knicks, he knows it might not happen. At No. 17, New York might not even have a chance to land the upstate New Yorker.
“I’ve heard so many different scenarios. All the mock drafts and everybody has been telling me completely different things,” he said. “I think I’ll possibly land with one of the teams I worked out for. I worked out for five teams and I think I’ll land somewhere around there but it’s so tough just because you don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t know who’s going to be there once the team is picking and if there’s going to be trades.”
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