Provo wasn’t the only place that gave a big sigh of relief when Jimmer Fredette decided to forgo a shot at the NBA this year and return to BYU for his senior season.
Glens Falls, New York, Jimmer’s home town, can now officially look forward to one of the biggest sporting events in the history of the community. Fredette and the BYU Cougars are scheduled to play the Vermont Catamounts on December 8 at the 6,000 seat Glens Falls Civic Center.
The idea for the game was originally conceived by Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond. “We are excited that Jimmer has chosen to come back to finish his senior year and complete his education,” Diamond told Deep Shades of Blue this afternoon. “The only question now is when will tickets go on sale!”
Diamond says the contract to play the game in Glens Falls has already been signed by Vermont and that he expects to receive a signed contract from BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe within the next day or two. He says that wording in the BYU contract needing minor tweaking. “Dave Rice and BYU have been great to work with. They have been very open and they made things materialize very easily,” says Diamond.
When tickets do go on sale, the Mayor says there won’t be any problem selling out the game. “We have a city of 14,000, and it’s much larger than that when you consider the nearby communities. When BYU is on TV the whole community comes out to watch them. They have a great following here; the restaurants and taverns are all busy when BYU is on TV.” Diamond also points out that the University of Vermont is just over and hour away and that Glens Falls is home to significant number of Catamount alumni.
Make no mistake about it though, this game is all about Jimmer and the Cougars. “It’s a great opportunity for him. He’s been very visible in this community and we are all proud of him,” Diamond says. “We look forward to Jimmer having a great senior year and then watching him play in the NBA.”