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LDS Church members rally around Jimmer Fredette

Published: Wednesday, July 6 2011 4:09 p.m. MDT

Isaiah Thomas, the Sacramento Kings' second round pick, the 60th overall in Thursday's NBA draft, responds to a question as Tyler Honeycutt, the Sacramento Kings second round pick, 35th overall, center and Jimmer Fredette, the Kings first round pick, 10th, overall look on during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, June 25, 2011. Thomas is a 5-9 guard from Washington. Honeycutt is a 6-8 forward from UCLA and Fredette is a 6-2 guard from BYU.

Associated Press

Jimmer Fredette is not only college basketball's reigning national player of the year and first-round pick of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, he's also a champion for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Fredette, the former BYU star, has taken time to speak to members of the LDS Church, according to an article in the Sacramento Bee, titled, "Mormons have faith in Kings draft pick Jimmer Fredette."

Explaining that his faith is a big part of his life, Fredette said he plans to be part of his new LDS ward in Sacramento and make himself available to speak to Mormon youth groups.

Members of the church in the area are thrilled.

"A lot of people who may have gone to a game or two are now buying season tickets," local businessman and active church member John Stone told the Sacramento Bee. "You can't underestimate how popular he is in the church."

The article compares Fredette's impact to other Mormons making national headlines, including presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr.

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