James Taft "Jimmer" Fredette (born February 25, 1989) is an American basketball player who gained national fame during his college career at Brigham Young University. In 2011, he was the leading scorer in NCAA Division I basketball, and earned several National Player of the Year honors, including the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.Fredette is a native of Glens Falls, New York.
Fredette was born February 25, 1989, in Glens Falls, New York, to Al and Kay Fredette, the youngest of three children. Named James Taft, Fredette later received the nickname "Jimmer" from his mother.
From his early childhood, he showed unusual dedication to athletics, his older brother TJ recalling, "He was the most determined, competitive four-year-old I had ever seen." TJ, an aspiring rapper, helped train him for his basketball career since before kindergarten. He regularly played with TJ, seven years older, and TJ's friends on the family's backyard court. Fredette was able to hit three-pointers at age 5, and developed moves to get around his larger opponents. TJ also remembered that his brother "willed himself to find ways to win, even if he was physically outmatched. From the time he was 10, I was telling everybody he was going to make the NBA."
Other family members assisted Fredette in his development. His father, a financial adviser, introduced Jimmer to schoolyard competition against adults at age 8. As Jimmer developed, his father took him on occasional road trips to Hartford and New York City for more intense competition, and also helped to coach his AAU teams. His mother allowed him to bounce basketballs throughout the house, and even built a dribbling studio for him in their basement. Her brother Lee Taft, a personal trainer who now operates a speed training school in Indianapolis, started him on running drills as a 5-year-old, and still works with Fredette.
Jimmer also has an older sister, Lindsay, Miss Teen New York 1998. Fredette's father became a Mormon at the age of 18 after meeting missionary Kimball Rogers—the father of Fredette's BYU teammate Stephen Rogers—while his mother is a Catholic. Fredette, along with his two older siblings, chose to become Mormons after their parents allowed them to choose their religion.