August 27, 2011
All the female BYU fans who held up "Marry Me, Jimmer" signs at the Marriott Center last season should prepare to be disappointed: Jimmer Fredette is officially off the market for good.
The Sacramento Kings lottery pick announced to the world Friday night on Twitter that he and longtime girlfriend Whitney Wonnacott are engaged. Wonnacott, a native of Chatfield, Colo., is a senior at BYU and a member of the school's cheerleading team.
The engagement completes a wildly successful year for Fredette during which he emerged from national obscurity to become a basketball icon. He led BYU to the Sweet 16, swept the major national college player of the year awards and achieved a lifelong dream when the Sacramento Kings selected him with the 10th pick in the NBA draft.
As each 40-point scoring barrage and impossibly long 3-pointer brought Fredette more attention last winter, Wonnacott received a firsthand glimpse of the pros and cons of fame. She was by Fredette's side at the ESPY Awards and on NBA Draft Night, but she also endured autograph seekers interrupting their dinner dates and opposing fans attempting to distract her boyfriend by taunting her in the days leading up to big games.
Both Fredette and Wonnacott are back in Provo right now, the future bride preparing for the start of classes at BYU on Monday and the future groom working out daily while waiting for the NBA lockout to end. There's no word on a date for the wedding yet, but rest assured there will be some female admirers of Fredette wincing with regret whenever he does walk down the aisle.