Jimmer Fredette, the 2011 NCAA National Player of the Year and BYU alum, will reportedly head to China and sign with the Shanghai Sharks who are owned by former NBA All-Star, Yao Ming. Jimmer was taken with the No. 10 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, but has failed to find a consistent role in the NBA. David Pick, an international reporter was the first to drop the news.
Source: Jimmer Fredette, former #10 overall NBA draftee, agreed to sign in China with Yao Ming owned Shanghai Sharks.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 2, 2016
Jimmer has played for the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks during his NBA career. Last season he spent most of his time with the New York Knicks’ D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks and averaged 21 points, 5 assists, and 4.4 rebounds.
Now Jimmer will head overseas and take his talents to the Chinese Basketball Association where he will likely be one of the leagues premiere offensive weapons. Playing in China does not necessarily mean that Jimmer’s NBA dreams are over. The Sharks season will end in February or March, which means an NBA team could take a shot at signing him for the last couple months of the season, especially if he plays well in China.