As the 2011 NBA Draft rapidly approaches, BYU point guard Jimmer Fredette continues to be the center of much of the draft talk in the sports world.
No one seems to be in agreement about where Fredette will be taken on draft day, but it seems like every day his draft stock is rising.
Fredette, who initially was projected as a late first-round pick, is now the center of draft day trade rumors.
ESPN's Chad Ford reports that a number of teams drafting in the mid to late first-round, including the New York Knicks, may be interesting in trading up to the No. 9, 10 or 11 pick in order to nab Fredette.
Ford also notes that the Sacramento Kings might surprise people on draft day by taking Fredette.
There has been plenty of speculation by draft experts, including Ford, about a conflict of interests within the Kings organization.
Many believe that the Kings' owners, the Maloof brothers, wish to use the seventh overall pick in the draft to select Fredette, while team general manager, Geoff Petrie, wants to take Kawhi Leonard or Kemba Walker with their first selection.
There's debate about weather Fredette would be a good fit in Sacramento or not because of his similarity to Tyreke Evans, another "tweener" guard. However, the Maloof brothers could be more concerned with selling tickets than picking a "good fit."
As always, the Utah Jazz are rumored to have interest in drafting Fredette with their second pick in the first-round at No. 12. Though, should the Jazz take Brandon Knight at the No. 3 pick, the likelihood of taking another score-first guard at No. 12 would be slim.
The Phoenix Suns, one pick below the Jazz at No. 13, are also rumored to have interest in Fredette.
The one thing experts seem to agree on is that the BYU star will go no lower than No. 15 to the Indiana Pacers.
In his latest mock draft, Chad Ford has Jimmer Fredette being taken by the Pacers in that No. 15 slot, but acknowledges that there's a possibility he will be off the board by then.
With the way Fredette's draft stock has risen in the past month, there's a chance he could be projected as the No. 1 overall pick by tomorrow (that won't actually happen).
Still, we'll all have to wait until draft day on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00pm EST to find out for sure where Fredette will end up.
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