Jimmer Fredette is still considering forgoing his final year of college to enter the NBA draft, but BYU has found a way to sweeten the pot a bit to make sure its star guard comes back for his senior year.
According to the Post Star, the Cougars have tenatively scheduled a game against Vermont on Dec. 8 at the Civic Center in Glen Falls, N.Y., the city where Fredette grew up.
Unless Fredette receives a concrete first-round guarantee from one of the NBA teams who work him out, the high-scoring guard expects to be back at BYU to play in his hometown next season. Fredette, a projected second-round pick in the 2011 draft, told the Deseret News this week that he declared for the draft mainly to receive an assessment of where he stands and feedback on where he needs to improve.
"It's more for going for the experience and getting feedback and to prepare myself to be a better basketball player," he said.
Would Fredette be worried about disappointing his Glen Falls mayor Jack Diamond if he didn't come back to school next year and the game got called off?
"I think (Diamond) will be excited as well, whatever the decision is," Fredette said. "He did a great job of getting that game back there and it would be an exciting thing for me."