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The Golden State Warriors have added former college basketball star Jimmer Fredette to their summer league roster.
Warriors Assistant GM Larry Harris made the announcement during an interview Monday morning on 95.7 the Game.
The unanimous college basketball player of the year in 2011, Fredette was known as a pure scorer while playing for BYU. He averaged 29 points per game and led the Cougars to the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
The shooting guard has never translated his scoring prowess to the pro game, though. He was the number 10 draft pick (interestingly enough, one spot ahead of Klay Thompson) in 2011 and played for the Sacramento Kings from 2011-14. His best season was his rookie campaign, when he averaged 7.6 points per game. Fredette then bounced between the NBA and its developmental league with the New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks.
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In 2016, Fredette moved to China and played for the Shanghai Sharks, where his game once again blossomed. In the 2016-17 season, he averaged 37.6 points per game (including 73 in a double overtime game) and was named the Chinese Basketball Association international player of the year. He averaged 36.9 points per game for the Sharks the following year.
In China, he earned the nickname the “Lonely Master” for his scoring exploits. “It’s not necessarily the same sense that you think about being lonely. In America, you just think you are by yourself and depressed and that type of stuff,” Fredette told ESPN in 2017. “But in this way, it more means that you’re on top, and nobody is around you.”
In March of this year, Fredette signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns. He played in six games, averaging 3.7 points in 10.3 minutes per game.
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