Mon Sep 20 07:58pm EDT
Of the roughly 300 hardcore Jimmer Fredette fans standing in line on Saturday morning for courtside tickets to the BYU star's homecoming game, the man third from the front might have caught others by surprise.
It was none other than Jimmer's father Al Fredette, who spent the night camped in front of the box office to make sure he got the best seats possible.
Al told the Glen Falls Post-Star that getting four free tickets from his son wouldn't have been a problem, but he needed more seats than that to accommodate his extended family and friends. As a result, he grabbed a chair and a blanked, donned a BYU warm-up jacket and braved a night of 40-degree weather to secure extra tickets to the Cougars' Dec. 8 matchup with Vermont in Glen Falls, N.Y.
BYU scheduled the game against Vermont as a thank you to Fredette, the preseason All-American candidate who led the Cougars to an NCAA tournament victory over Florida last season. Fredette became a celebrity in his hometown when he led Glen Falls to the state finals in 2007 and set the Section II boys scoring record with 2,404 career points.
Tickets to the BYU-Vermont game cost between $30 and $85 apiece. Glen Falls mayor Jack Diamond said earlier this summer that he expects the 6,200-seat Civic Center to have a standing-room-only crowd for the game.
Fredette entered the NBA draft this spring only to pull out and return to BYU for his senior year. This game will be one of the memorable experiences that should make him glad he did.