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Jimmer Fredette wins basketball title with Panathinaikos, by virtue of vote

Former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, shown here during a brief stint with the Phoenix Suns in March 2019, played with Panathinaikos of the Greek League this past season.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette can add a Greek League championship to his resume.

Fredette’s current team, Panathinaikos, was named champion of the EuroLeague’s Greek League for the 2019-20 season by a vote Thursday, EuroHoops reported, while the season was officially ended. Panathinaikos sat atop the Greek League standings when the novel coronavirus pandemic suspended play, and league members voted 13-1 in favor of naming Panathinaikos the champion, according to Greece news outlet ekathimerini.com.

Fredette played his first season in EuroLeague during the 2019-20 campaign. In 27 games with Panathinaikos, Fredette started 24 games and averaged 12.9 points, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals for head coach Rick Pitino’s team. The former Cougar sharpshooter proved reliable offensively, shooting 52.5% from 2-point range and 41.7% from 3-point range.

He twice played against former BYU teammate Brandon Davies, now with FC Barcelona, in EuroLeague action this season. While Fredette had the better stat line, Davies and FC Barcelona won both meetings with Panathinaikos this season — Fredette averaged 16 points, three assists and two steals in those games, while Davies averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and two assists.