Former lottery pick and college basketball star Jimmer Fredette wants to return from China to play in the NBA.
The 29-year-old's last NBA stint was with the New York Knicks in 2016. Since then, the 6-foot-2 combo guard has made two Chinese Basketball Association All-Star appearances and won CBA's International MVP award last year. He has averaged 37.4 points per game since playing in China, shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc.
HoopsHype, which is part of USA TODAY Sports Media Group, recently caught up with Fredette to discuss his future plans and his desire to come back to the United States.
Q: With all the success you've had in the Chinese Basketball Association, I'm very curious where your interest stands in potentially getting back to play in the NBA.
A: I want to have another opportunity in the NBA because there is some unfinished business for me there. After this season is over, I want another NBA chance. This time, I'll succeed. I feel really good about how I am playing. I know that if I get a chance, I will take advantage of it and be successful and help a team win. I'm excited to see what the future holds. I'm going to finish my contract in China this season and be the best I can be for my team. But after that, I will see what is out there and try to be on a roster for the NBA postseason.
Q: You recently scored 75 points during one game for the Shanghai Sharks in the CBA. Can you walk me through that experience and how dialed in you were on that day?
A: It was an amazing game to be a part of and it really doesn't happen often as a basketball player. I was fortunate to have a great game like that. It broke my heart that we lost on a buzzer beater. I actually started off the game pretty slow. I didn't make any shots in the first quarter; I had zero points. I missed a few wide-open looks. But I was feeling pretty good. During the second half, I felt amazing. I got out in transition and started to see some threes go in and I was able to get to the foul line a lot. From that point on, I just continued to score.
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