It's a Jimmer news fest in New York

In case you haven’t noticed, Jimmer Fredette’s return to upstate New York this week for BYU’s game on Wednesday at the Glens Falls Civic Center against Vermont is major news in the Glens Falls/Albany area. Every newspaper, radio station and TV station in the area is making a big deal of Fredette’s “Hometown Classic” game, and the small-town-boy-does-good story on his return to his roots. Fredette is such hot item back in his hometown area that seldom does a day go by that he isn’t in the news. Stores that sell college athletic merchandise can’t keep BYU and Fredette items on the shelves. Wednesday’s game, featuring Fredette, is one of the area’s most ballyhooed events in many years. It’s safe to say that Fredette, with his national notoriety, has become a hometown hero. When I talked to Fredette a few weeks ago about the anticipation of Wednesday homecoming game and all of the hoopla, here’s what he had to say:
“It’s going to be an unbelievable experience to be back in that arena where I played so many times and have so many close friends, my family and hometown fans there. I can’t wait. I’m already picturing in my head when they call my name the type of roar that I’m going to hear and how cool that’s going to be. I’m going to have a huge smile on my face, I know that for sure, because I won’t be able to help it. It’s going to be an experience that I know I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
This morning (Monday) Fredette will participate in a national teleconference press call. After the Cougar players attend classes this morning the team will fly out to Albany. Upon arrival at the Albany airport the media in New York will be able to interview the players at the terminal’s baggage claim area. I also expect a big Fredette flan club gathering to be waiting at the airport. Fredette is also speaking to an assembly at Glens Falls High School on Tuesday afternoon. Tickets for Wednesday’s game sold out quickly.
Here are some links to some of the news stories from the New York papers on Fredette’s homecoming:


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