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Blue roundup: Writer examines Jimmer Fredette's rookie season

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 11:57 a.m. MDT

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Sacramento Kings rookie guard Jimmer Fredette, left,  and teammate Francisco Garcia sit on the bench as they watch the team play the San Antonio Spurs in an NBA basketball game  in Sacramento, Calif.  Last March Jimmermania swept up the nation, now the former BYU star gets limited minutes with the Kings. (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press) In this photo taken Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Sacramento Kings rookie guard Jimmer Fredette, left, and teammate Francisco Garcia sit on the bench as they watch the team play the San Antonio Spurs in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. Last March Jimmermania swept up the nation, now the former BYU star gets limited minutes with the Kings. (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press)

Jimmer Fredette's hometown newspaper in New York chronicles his turbulent rookie season with the Sacramento Kings.

"He was drafted into a league that was in a lockout. He joined the Kings as college basketball’s player of the year with expectations as high as any coming into the league," writes Michael Bonner. "Fredette was welcomed by thousands as he held an autograph signing in Sacramento. Despite being drafted 10th overall, his jersey flew off the shelves weeks before the top pick, Kyrie Irving, even saw his jersey in the Cavaliers’ pro shop. Seven games into the season, reality sunk in. The Kings fired his head coach, Paul Westphal. Keith Smart then took the reins."

The BYU softball team takes on Mississippi State at the Eugene Regional in the Cougars' eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

And BYU's rugby team advanced to the national championship game for the seventh straight season.

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