Jimmer Fredette was back in Salt Lake City Wednesday. The former Cougar and now Sacramento Kings sophomore is promoting his new biography called “The Contract”.
"It's really about a bond of my family and myself growing up in a small town of upstate New York,” said Fredette. One family member in particular, his older brother by seven years, TJ, gave Fredette the confidence as a little boy against the big kids.
"He just always had me playing against older competition from a young age,” said Fredette. “So I learned to gain that confidence and then when I played with my peers I was head and shoulders above them at a young age.”
One day five years ago, TJ approached Fredette with a piece of paper, a contract and asked him to sign it. “It just said I, James Fredette, will make the necessary and proper sacrifices to reach my ultimate goal of playing in the NBC,” said Fredette. “It just reminded me that I always wanted to be an NBA basketball player, so I always dreamt about it and had it engraved in my mind so it actually helped.”
Fredette eventually reached his goal and signed with the Sacramento Kings, making not only his brother proud, but another cheerleader in his life, his new wife, Whitney. They were just married on June 1st.
"It was the best day of my life, best decision I ever made,” said Fredette. “She realizes and understands the schedule I have to go through and she's right by my side.”
“The Contract" is co-authored by sportscaster Pat Forde.