College Basketball National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette Kicks off Professional Career with Poster

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After sweeping all of the major college Player of the Year Awards, Jimmer Fredette launches into the professional side of basketball with a 2011 Player of the Year Poster with

"It just shows that all the hard work you put into this profession is starting to pay off and it's a good feeling."

All-American guard Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young University launched his future as a professional athlete with release of a poster celebrating his many national honors including the Naismith and John Wooden awards as the nation’s best college basketball player.

“It’s a good feeling to know you did what you had to do in college and now you are in a position where people really want to buy posters and jerseys,” said Fredette.

“It just shows that all the hard work you put into this profession is starting to pay off and it’s a good feeling.”

The poster, 24 by 36 inches, became available with launch of the Internet site the night the 6-2 guard from Glens Falls, N.Y., won the prestigious Wooden Award in Los Angeles.

In a blitzkrieg production that began days after Fredette led 32-5 BYU to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, the nation’s leading scorer partnered with Doug Martin and Alan Knight for a studio photo shoot in Orem, Utah before the star left for the NCAA Final Four in Houston where he received the AP and U.S. Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year honors.

The Jimmer poster is patterned after a similar Martin/Knight 1990 poster of Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer with use of a tuxedo symbolizing the national awards and honors received by Fredette.

“This poster is a way for Jimmer, his parents Al and Kay Fredette, and his fans from across the country to connect in celebration of the trophies and honors Jimmer has received the past month. It provides a way of celebrating with Jimmer and saying congratulations and thanks,” said Martin.

There will also be an upgraded, smaller, limited-edition print available on high quality art paper that will be individually signed by Jimmer, framed, matted and numbered for collectors. The poster and the limited edition piece can be seen at Fans can also follow on Twitter and Facebook by registering at the website.

Now that Fredette’s NCAA eligibility is over, he is free to market himself and receive the profits. Jimmer has recently signed with international sports and marketing firm Octagon to represent him. He is currently projected to be selected in the first half of the first round of the upcoming NBA Draft on June 23.

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