Dick Harmon: Jimmer Fredette takes first step into business world with poster

Jimmer takes first step into business world with poster

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  • dutgut Saint George, UT
    April 12, 2011 1:00 p.m.

    Where is the TJ Fredette rapping poster??? Maybe the Jimmer poster should have a little audio player with TJ's rapping. Wow wouldn't that be great?

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    April 12, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    Great Article Des News. I was wondering about the Jimmer Business and you shed some light on that subject. I hope the Jazz draft Jimmer.

    Gotta love the "Free Shipping" note on the website. Actually shipping costs $4.95 based on the total cost of the poster. Nice Marketing Gimmick.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    April 12, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    The poster looks bad, I'd buy a cardboard cutout of him in a BYU uniform before buying this thing.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    Hardcore UTE-FAN!!

    Your rant about Mad Man Majerus is laughable.

    Jimmer would never have considered playing for such an ego-centric coach. Majerus couldn't handle having one of his players steal his limelight, so he never would have never given Jimmer the freedom to display the magic that made Jimmer the Concensus National Player of the Year.

    Majerus eventually wore out his welcome at Utah and became a coaching pariah that no big name program will even touch.

  • Hardcore UTE-FAN!! Spanish Fork, UT
    April 11, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    Too bad Majerus isn't our coach anymore. Jimmer would have played for us and Jimmer would definitely be the 1st overall draft pick. Majerus would have helped him develop into a real player, not just a deep threat. Oh well, here's hoping that Krystko can bring real basketball back to the state, since it left with Ricky Maj!

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    April 11, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    Would not spend one cent for a Jimmer anything!

  • beuhman Sandy, UT
    April 11, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    I agree with Ironmomo and others... I don't want a poster of Jimmer in a tux. I want a poster of Jimmer throwing a three pointer down from 40 feet or Jimmer driving to the hoop. Lame poster.

  • NightTrader Colonia, Yap, FSM
    April 10, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    The good news is that this won't be the only poster. Once the endorsements are signed, then we'll get the action shots, familiar logos, and background ads.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 10, 2011 12:28 p.m.


    Well said!

    wvc-utefan is either clueless, or he's just randomly throwing mud to see if anything sticks.

    In either case, his criticism is of Jimmer is based on nothing but his BYU hatred.

  • jdi Pasadena, CA
    April 10, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    To wvc-utefan:

    First of all, NCAA athletes are permitted to talk to agents. They just can't enter into a representation agreement without losing their eligibility. Here is a direct quote from NCAA.org:

    "It is not a violation of NCAA rules if a student-athlete merely talks to an agent (as long as an agreement for agent representation is not established) or socializes with an agent."

    Secondly, Jimmer did not participate in an NBA summer camp. He was one of 20 collegiate players invited by USA Basketball to train with the USA Men's National Team in preparation for last summer's world championships. Yes, the players on the USA national team are NBA players, but it was not an NBA summer camp. It had the full endorsement of the NCAA.

    With all due respect, can I suggest that before you slander someone, you might want to do a little more research?

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    April 10, 2011 11:03 a.m.


    You need to go back to the drawing board and study the NCAA rules before spouting off, because you obviously don't have a clue what you're talking about.

  • rok San Diego, CA
    April 10, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    That is one lame poster. It doesn't do him justice.

  • Skippy West Jordan, UT
    April 10, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    I actually enjoyed this article from Dick, but he failed to mention that the Desert News is also capitalizing on Jimmers fame. I have wondered for months now what Dick will write about after Jimmer is drafted and out of the Utah picture. Maybe BYU will have someone to take his place and maybe they won't, but I think Dick is going to miss him more than the fans do.

  • TwoBitsWorth Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    re wvcutefan 9:54 p.m.

    Thank you for the additional information.

    However, it appears that we still don't have the "whole story" so to speak. I still need some answers.

    Where I can find Jimmer's "own admission". Was it in writing or did someone say that they heard Jimmer say so? How do I know that Jimmer actually did say so? If it was printed in some article, or reported on some forum such as this one, heaven forbid! But if it can be documented by reputable witnesses, that Jimmer did say so, then I need to know if such acts by Jimmer were indeed in violation of any rule or regulation that might apply to his eligibility.

    I am no attorney, but I would certainly hate to go into court to prove such allegations against Jimmer, based on the information that you have, thus far, provided.

    In my lifetime of 84 plus years, I have seen so many good people like you become the victims of bad or incomplete information that I am compelled to make every effort to learn the "real" truth of the matter.

    Perhaps we can learn together.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 9, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    "I am a member... I do not like BYU at all but I am not dumb enough to make slanderous statements... I am but a lowly U of U graduate...

    ... I know it's bad to say, but I think it would be funny if "the Jimmer" went low in the draft, or didn't go at all."

    Gee wvc... you didn't have to type the slanderous words, you already telegraphed them.

  • wvcutefan west valley city, ut
    April 9, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    Re: TwoBitsWorth:

    His own admission that he had participated in the camps during the summer. His own admission that he had spoken with a few agents during the off season about his draftability.

    Double standard: Alabama's star player was inelligible for the Sugar Bowl because he met with an agent prior to the game. Jimmer admits to speaking with agents, and he is allowed to play the entire season.

    no, I do not like BYU at all, but I am not dumb enough to make slanderous statements on a published forum. I know I am but a lowly U of U graduate, but give us some credit, please.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 9, 2011 9:45 p.m.


    Paleeeease! Give me a break! Jimmer has been very open about what he was doing last summer. If there was anything remotely amiss (NBA, NCAA, or otherwise) not only would we have heard about it already, there would be several high profile players in hot water.

    No--I'm going to throw the red flag on that outrageous statement. Just another jealous statement from a wishful thinking, BYU hating troll.

  • TwoBitsWorth Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2011 9:11 p.m.


    Now that you have quoted your knowledge about what constitutes an "ineligible player from college", please give us chapter and verse to support your insinuation that Jimmer participated in acts that make him a said "ineligible player".

    Please tell us what rules were broken, and when and where, and provide documentation to prove your allegations. We would also like the names of witnesses, other than yourself - as is the custom in "our" Church.

    Please also explain what you mean by a "double standard in college sports". We hear this phrase often, but almost never receive a definition of what it means.

    I am also an active Member, and in good standing in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so please do not characterize me as an enemy of the Church.

    Just as you say that you "don't like the double standard in college sports", I don't like to see negative allegations made in the public media (such as this forum) without substantiation.

    Too often we are influenced by friends who make such undocumented statements and we are honestly misled. I hope this is true in your case.

  • wvc-utefan west valley city, ut
    April 9, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    I know it's bad to say, but I think it would be funny if "the Jimmer" went low in the draft, or didn't go at all. An inelligible player from college should not go in the draft (NBA summer camp participation, talking to agents in the off season do make a player inelligible, sorry Jimmer fans). Desnews may block this, but that's okay. No, I am not an anti-mormon spouting off negative comments about the institution. I am an active LDS member in good standing. I just don't like the double standard in college sports.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 9, 2011 7:46 p.m.


    "I choose the PAC 12 over 1984 ancient hardware/mid-major/independent/non-AQ status any day of the week".

    All this has come for your team and you are still totally obsessed about BYU. Is it Jealousy, Insecurity...?

    Honestly, I think the PAC is the best place for a wanna be liberal school like Uof U.
    As a BYU fan, I would rather have BYU in the Big 12 or Big 10. I like those schools and conferences more.
    As for the BCS -vs- Independance; I admit completely that they way things are today, I would like BYU to be in a BCS conference. However; with more big name schools looking into independant TV contracts and looking seriously at Notre Dame and BYU with their own broadcasting network, I am anxious to see how things work for BYU over the next few years and see who else might follow their path. I also feel like if/when a BCS invite comes BYU may decide it isn't in their best interest. I am really hoping the BCS dies or evolves into a playoff format.

  • slgs5aggie Cedar City, UT
    April 9, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    As an artist and a photographer, must be honest and say the poster really stinks. I like Jimmer, and enjoyed the exciting year of college basketball, but I know high school kids who could have done a much better design job. That being said, good luck young man, go and make that money. Just hope you make some better marketing choices then this poster. How about the invention of the "J" line, the new four point line of college hoops. Now that is Jimmer range.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    April 9, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    @AK Cougar

    "Many a Cougar are glad that BYU is NOT in the Pac 12 and glad they did not get invited. Would they have gone if an invite was in the making? I guess we will not know for quite a few years."


    Had BYU been invited to a major conference they would have jumped at the chance.

    Why? Well, for one because the money teams receive from a major conference far exceeds the money BYU will get from their ESPN deal.

    Delusion is defined by those who believe that BYU prefers independence over major conference affiliation.

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 9, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    I'm a huge Jimmer fan, but that poster is pretty lame.

  • Andy Tomasso Layton, UT
    April 9, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    This poster is horrible, this coming from a big BYU, and Jimmer fan. they should have used the Sports Illustrated Cover from the Gonzaga game.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    April 9, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    To Howard S.

    No so. Many a Cougar are glad that BYU is NOT in the Pac 12 and glad they did not get invited. Would they have gone if an invite was in the making? I guess we will not know for quite a few years.

    For one Cougar fan I think the independant status will be more of a revenue source for the school than playing in the PAC will be. There is no revenue to share with conference opponents, no one can ride coattails when BYU succeeds or complain about pulling weigth if they do not.

    BYU has the skill set, the equipment, the technology and the nationwide fan base to be successful without the benefits of a conference in Football. Few other teams in the nation can say the same. Conference affiliation for all other sports is less important.

    Go Cougars.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    April 9, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    @In My Humble Opinion

    "...How 1984 envious of you...

    I choose the PAC 12 over 1984 ancient hardware/mid-major/independent/non-AQ status any day of the week.

    And so would you and the collective Cougar Nation if you had the opportunity.

  • killerbees Queensbury, NY
    April 9, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Congrats Jimmer! What Jimmer should do is hire and agent, let them do all the work and stay in the gym working so he can prove everyone wrong in the NBA. Hopefully all these distractions do not take away from what has made Jimmer so famous! His basketball skills and work ethic!

  • ed in atl Duluth, GA
    April 9, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    What needs to be done is a highlight video of the season like the football team did a few years ago.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    April 9, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    @nottyou Sorry you are so sensitive. I didn't take a shot at BYU or at Jimmer. I simply said the poster is horrible. Lighten up.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    April 9, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    Howard S. | 12:14 p.m. April 9, 2011
    Taylorsville, UT
    A poser? A Poser? How 1984 envious of you...

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    April 9, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    KamUte: The only reason that poster is horrible for Ute fans is because it represents everything that the Utes aren't and won't be for a long time.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    April 9, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    That poster is horrible. At least do some sort of action photo or do a commercial. Get a really good agent that will help with video games, shoes, apparel, etc. Do it big and capitalize now because you never know when an injury will occur and if he will be a bust at the NBA level.

  • dave Park City, UT
    April 9, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    It looks like the mormon church learned from the Shawn Bradley debacle. Jimmer will not be called to go on a mission. Bradley's mission cost him the chance to be influential in the NBA. They will get more publicity letting Jimmer play than if he went on a mission.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    April 9, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    A poster? A poster?

    How 1980's......

  • Mudd Lehi, UT
    April 9, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Many view success as Fame and Fortune. Jimmer has proved that he knows how to handle fame. I couldn't believe how well he kept his head in the face of it all this season. Now, he and his family have a chance at fortune. Here's hoping they can handle it as well. Many a famous person has gone down in flames because they couldn't handle the fortunes. Wishing all the best to Jimmer and his family.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    April 9, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    I would like a poster of Jimmer shooting that wonderful half-court shot to end the half at the Utah game. Only I would like to put hedgehog's image on the ball.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 9, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    I hope he becomes more of a Steve Nash. That guy is so nice and does so much good in the community, and he is never the highlight of some NBA trash story like Kobe or Artest.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 9, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    Loads of fame and money. It changes your life. And all too often, it changes your character. Here's hoping that Jimmer is the exception and remains true to his upbringing and true to his standards. Congratulations Jimmer.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    April 9, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    Excellent article, Dick. In depth, well written and interesting peak into a world most will never know. Jimmer is very fortunate to have such a solid family to provide grounding. So many quick millionaires in sports only have possees and groupies and end up squandering all their money.

    It's smart to get it while he's hot... with few exceptions sports fame is fleeting.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    April 9, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    secretly, hedgy and chrissy have both ordered theirs..

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    It is a crazy world we live in. The comparisons between Jimmer and Ty is eye opening. So is the negotiations between Jimmer and the BYU Bookstore.

    Great story about real life. It is a very short window, right now. But this is Jimmer's and his family's chance for the "American Dream".

    We know that Jimmer will be drafted and that a GM will not be fired because of it. But we do not know how long he will play or how successful he will be. But know what, that's ok. This is his dream, and his 1.5 million per for 3 plus years. He has earned it. It is now time for him and his family to enjoy it.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    April 9, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    Amazing the sacrifices that must be made by the family to attend the games. It gives me better insight as to why so many players from less fortunate backgrounds have trouble with agents. It must be hard for families who want to watch their kids play.

    Wouldn't be my design for a poster but if you can't put BYU or Nike on it anywhere that limits things quite a bit. Good luck Jimmer we are still cheering for you!

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    April 9, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    Chris B and Hedgehog both made presentations in an appeal to be Jimmer's agent...I don't think they are in the top six.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 9, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    I hope they make a bundle. Get it while you can Jimmer. I'm going to buy one of the signed special edition ones for my youngest son who is a huge Jimmer fan.

  • Blue Sky Midwest, US
    April 9, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    Growing up is a family affair, and I am really happy for Jimmer and his family that they get to enjoy the fruits of their hard work over many years.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    April 9, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    Amazing story! Thanks, for the article, Dick Harmon. And, thanks again to Jimmer for everything he has done for BYU and college basketball. This is a very proud time to be a BYU Cougar fan!

    I want one of these posters. This is a true success story of a young man and his family who sacrificed and worked hard for years for the dream. It is now going to pay off big time for all of them. I also hope T.J. gets a piece of the action for his part in developing Jimmer into the person/player he has become.

    Go Jimmer! Go Cougars!

    Go Cougars!

  • Coyoteghost Saint George, UT
    April 9, 2011 7:14 a.m.

    Thank you for the well written, informative article about Jimmer business.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    April 9, 2011 7:12 a.m.

    Mother and Son choose the same picture, wow, now that's what I call journalism.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    April 9, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    With an NBA lockout looming he better cash in now...or it may be too late.

    ...as for the poster, I don't like it.
    I think most fans would want an action shot of Jimmer rather than a formal "tuxedo" look of going to the prom...but that's just my opinion.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    April 9, 2011 6:12 a.m.

    All of the hours of grueling practice, hard work and sacrifice on his part should count for something. BYU has already received huge amounts of money and publicity that will continue to flow in. BYU owes him a ton for what he has done for them. They have had use of his name, talents, and capitalized on him in every way possible which they have done in a professional and tasteful manner. But Jimmer owes them nothing.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 9, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    I want two! Line starts here!

  • Cabinfever Las Vegas, NV
    April 9, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    Ordered the poster. Nice to be able to show support for Jimmer. It was a real pleasure watching him play this year!

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 9, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    Jimmer is hot and does need to get as much as he can as fast as he can as the world will move on very quickly. However, that needs to be handled by professional marketers not Jimmer.

    Jimmer needs to concentrate on doing the very best he can in the draft stats and in the tryouts. As his draft status improves his marketing will improve. He needs tryouts with lotto teams (more is better). He needs to move up the mock draft boards to keep the chatter going.

    If he wants to go to NY them make them move up to get him. I think the CHA, GS, Utah, PHO and IND will have a strong interest in him. HOU might also. How he does in those workouts will determine if he goes in the lotto.

    Jimmer has earned any penny he gets. He can afford to pay for a few poor kids to go on missions now.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    April 9, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    Jimmer has give so much to BYU and others. It's his turn. Good job.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 8, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    I'll buy one just to show my appreciate to Jimmer for giving us one of the most exciting seasons in BYU basketball history.

    Thanks Jimmer!