The seventh leading scorer in college basketball will be impacting odds at sports betting companies next season as BYU returns Jimmer Fredette.
Last season was a good one for BYU vs. the sportsbetting odds and Fredette was a big reason for their success.
Sports betting companies listed BYU as a favorite quite a bit last year and they should be favored a lot in 2010-2011. Fredette was the seventh best scorer in the country and he was considered a first or second round pick in the NBA Draft. Fredette consulted with many GM’s from the NBA before deciding to return to BYU for his senior season.
Fredette said that he worked out for a number of NBA teams including the Boston Celtics. Danny Ainge’s son Austin Ainge conducted that workout for the Celtics. Fredette said the decision whether or not to go to the NBA was a difficult one for him to make. "I thought about it a lot, and I was pretty close to (staying) in, but I felt like it was the best decision to stay (at BYU)." Fredette got a general idea that he would go anywhere from 20th to 40th in the NBA Draft.
Fredette believed that going back to BYU would improve his draft status from a likely second round pick to possibly a first round pick next year. “I felt if I was going to be a second round pick and having to fight for a spot on the team, it would be better for me to come back and have a great senior year… and hopefully improve my stock and then next year try to be in that first round category."
BYU is sure happy to have Fredette returning next season. He immediately makes the Cougars the sportsbetting favorite to win the Mountain West title and return to the NCAA Tournament. "I’m excited to get the season started. I think we have a chance to have an extremely good year again…I love my teammates, love the coaching staff, love the area here.” Fredette said, “hopefully we get farther in the NCAA Tournament and win a conference title again." Fredette will even get the chance next season to play in front of his home town fans as BYU plays at Vermont on December 8th in what should be an interesting matchup in college basketball odds at sports betting companies.