Jimmer Fredette: Glens Falls High School’s All-time Leading Scorer, Former-NBA-Now-CBA Professional Basketball Player
Starting out as a childhood passion which materialized as a real-life dream which resulted into an entry in the National Basketball Association league and then eventually to the Chinese Basketball Association, the life of Jimmer Fredette is perhaps best summarized as a journey about finding one’s space in the sport he loves.
To his family, young James Taft Fredette was the youngest son of three children by couple Al and Kay, who was born on February 25, 1989. But to an older brother whom he grew up with, James Taft—most commonly known by his nickname “Jimmer” as given by his mother—was a kid of great athletic potential which showed as early as his 4 years of age.
"He was the most determined, competitive four-year-old I had ever seen," according to an older sibling, TJ, who helped young Jimmer in his training with the sport of basketball.
A year later, at 5 years of age, Jimmer was said to be already capable of making three-point scores and even developed tricks on how to bypass his larger opponents.
Burning with enthusiasm, at age 10, James Taft was already committed in making it into the NBA.
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Making his aspirations come slowly into fruition, Jimmer displayed great performance in high school where he earned the recognition as Glens Falls High School’s all-time leading scorer at 2,404 points. Using New York’s all-time scoring list, Fredette ranked 16th overall.
With some good accolades to his name, James was solicited by 12 different schools for college but none of which considered to be from “basketball powers” institutions. As a member of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints whose religion has a flagship school—in addition to his sister having graduated from such school—Fredette chose Brigham Young University for college.
Throughout his college year, James had been a recipient to a good number of recognitions based on his prolific scoring skills following his per game, per season, and per career performances.
With him already graduate from college, Jimmer was a step closer to reaching his dream of becoming a professional basketball player in the NBA—something which did happen in 2011 as a 10th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.
From 2011 to 2016, the now professional basketball player from Glens Falls, New York has only had very limited plays across 5 different clubs, namely (in chronological order): Sacramento Kings (2011-2014), Chicago Bulls (2014), New Orleans Pelicans (2014-2015), and New York and Westchester Knicks (2015-2016).
But as of August 2, 2016, Jimmer officially left the NBA for China where he signed a contract with the Shanghai Sharks in order to play for the Chinese Basketball Association league.
Well-received and well-performed, Fredette made his then career-high score of 51 points in a single game which defeated opposing team, Guangdong Southern Tigers.
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