Talkin' with Trav: Q&A with Jimmer Fredette

By Travis Hansen

for the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 1 2011 10:41 a.m. MDT

Jimmer: It happened on Aug. 29, when I went to a golf tournament at Jon Huntsman's private golf course up in Driggs, Idaho. I told her (Whitney Wonnacott) I was getting back to Provo a lot later than I actually was getting back, so she wasn't expecting to see me that day. I had my sister in on the plan and told her to have Whitney meet her at the house that I am staying at right now (in Provo), knowing that Whitney would come. When she got to my house, there was a little note on the bed that read, 'There is present outside for you. Sorry I couldn't get back. You've got to go and find it." She went outside and there was actually a present out there. I bought her a little pair of shoes. While this was happening, I was in the house. When they both returned to the room, I was there on my knee. She said "yes" and the rest is history. It was a great night.

Travis: You are so romantic. [laughs]

Jimmer: Yeah, that's right. [laughs] I had to plan it out perfectly because she wanted to be surprised, but she always knows everything that happens before it happens. She knows all of the presents she's going to get for birthdays and Christmas, so I made sure to plan it out perfectly so she didn't know.

Travis: When are you getting married?

Jimmer: On June 1, 2012, in the Denver LDS Temple. We're really excited about that.

Travis: Why Denver?

Jimmer: She's from Littleton, Colo., about 20 minutes outside of Denver, so that's where we decided to go.

Travis: What can you tell me about her? I'm sure people are interested in her.

Jimmer: She's very outgoing and really funny. She was a national champion in equestrian riding when she was younger. She was sought after by a lot of different schools to go to college on a full-ride scholarship to do equestrian, like Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. She was thinking about doing that but decided she wanted to go to BYU. She loved BYU and her family has loved BYU ever since she has been born. Her parents go to every football game and all the basketball games, so she wanted to come here and be a part of that.

Travis: Will she stay in school and finish her degree or go with you to Sacramento?

Jimmer: She will graduate in April and then go back to Denver to start getting everything ready for the wedding. She will come and visit whenever she can. So that's how we're going to have to do it until June 1.

Travis: How is BYU going to do this year?

Jimmer: I think they are going to do really well and surprise a lot of people. They are very big and athletic. They can run the floor really well. They have a lot of guys that can play and they are really deep. They will be very, very good and I am excited to watch them play.

Travis: What would you say to kids that play video games?

Jimmer: Go outside and be active. Video games are fun every once in a while. They are fun to play, especially if your friends are all there. But I when I grew up I didn't play really any video games. I was always outside trying to be active, playing with friends and neighborhood kids, playing any types of games you can think of outside. My parents really encouraged that. So I would tell people to go outside and play with your friends, have fun and think of new games and things you can do outside because that's where the most fun happens. You will be able to stay in shape and you will feel good about yourself.

Travis: Better rapper — Eminem or TJ?

Jimmer: (laughing) Well, TJ is my brother so I've gotta go with TJ 'cause I'm biased, but Eminem is one of my favorite rappers of all time. That would be great if they could do a song together. Yeah, that would great, huh?

Travis: Favorite song?

Jimmer: A song that is not by my brother? It would have to be "Victory 2004" with Biggy, 50 cent, and those guys. It gets me pumped up.

Travis: Best place to eat in Utah Valley?

Jimmer: I'd have to say my favorite is probably Tucanos. Outside Utah Valley, I'd go to Brio.

Travis: Advice for young athletes?

Jimmer: I would tell them to dream big. If you work as hard as you can and really believe in yourself, then you can accomplish anything. It doesn't matter where you are from or what high school you went to, you can still accomplish your dreams. I'm from a small high school in upstate New York and not many people knew about me, but I had a dream, went out and worked as hard as I could for it and accomplished it.

Travis: What were you for Halloween?

Jimmer: My fiancé was Cruella de Vil and I was one of the 101 dalmations ... she talked me into this one!

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