Jimmer Q&A: Fredette on 'fun' trip to Utah, BYU hoops, his playing time, struggling Kings and more
— Utah players described the Kings as a young team that plays a lot of isolation. How do you describe the Jazz?
"They have extremely good bigs and they've got some shooters outside that can hit shots. They have a good all-around team. They've got a lot of pieces, but they definitely play through their bigs with (Paul) Millsap and (Al) Jefferson. Then when the bench comes in (Derrick) Favors and (Enes) Kanter, they've got some really good big guys. And then you've got to be aware of their shooters. They're going to slash and they're going to make open shots. They're a tough team to play."
— Do you get a chance to follow BYU basketball?
"I definitely stay up with them. They've had some close games recently, but they've played really well last game, so that was good to see. They just need to continue to play hard. I know coach (Dave Rose) has got them thinking that they need to make a couple of big wins to get into the NCAA Tournament, I think. They've got Gonzaga at home and St. Mary's on the road. That will be a tough one with the close one that they had at the Marriott Center. It will be fun to watch, but I definitely always stay up with them."
— What do you think about how Tyler Haws is playing?
"I played with Tyler before his (LDS) mission. He's playing great. I knew he was going to be a very good player right from the get-go. He's just got a smooth stroke, a one-two dribble pull-up, shoots it well from the 3-point line. He' just a tough player, moves well without the ball coming off screens. He's a tough guard. I love his game and hopefully he continues to get better and keep scoring."
— Haws isn't passing up many shots, is he?
"Definitely not. That's his role on this team right now to shoot the ball and be aggressive. They definitely need his scoring out there, a guy that can stretch the floor and definitely helps Brandon (Davies) on the inside because he gets double-teamed a lot and he can kick it out to a couple of guys who can shoot the ball, so it's important."
— Can you see Haws make the NBA?
"I think so. He's a tough player. He's about 6-5, 6-6, a guy that can shoot the ball extremely well. This league's always looking for shooters, so I think that he definitely has a shot."
— About the good battles the Kings and Jazz have had while splitting their six games in his NBA career:
"Yeah, we have recently, the last couple of years since I've been involved. We've played well against them and they've always been close games, coming down to the wire. They've had some chippy moments and everything. But that's the fun in basketball. It's competitive. Hopefully, tonight we can come out with a win."
— Has the talk about possibly moving to Seattle affected the players?
"We don’t focus on it much. We don't ever talk about it with anybody. We don't talk about it as a group. We're here to play for the Kings right now and we're in Sacramento. That's what we're focused on right now and we don't hear about it too much otherwise."
— Did you get a chance to watch the Super Bowl?
"Yeah, I watched it. We had the day off yesterday, coming off a back-to-back. I was able to go with my sisters and watch it and my wife surprised me here. I didn't know she was going to be here. We were able to watch it together. It was a great game, a lot of fun to watch. Kind of interesting with the power outage and everything, but a really fun Super Bowl to watch."
Especially, he added, that Pitta part.
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