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BYU basketball offers PG Joseph Girard who went to the same high school as Jimmer Fredette

Will BYU land another high-scoring guard out of Glen Falls, New York?

The latest offer coming from BYU basketball goes back to a familiar place on the East Coast as the Cougars have extended an offer to 2019 point guard Joseph Girard III. Girard is from Glen Falls High School in New York, which is the same school as former Cougar great Jimmer Fredette.

“Being from the same school as Jimmer and knowing what he did at that school it’s a great school and [BYU has a] great system,” Girard told ESPN 960. “I like the style of play and their coaching staff is great.

“Their style of play fits me perfectly and definitely the connection with Jimmer will help me understand the place a lot more,” he said. “Overall, I just really like the culture they’ve made and the style of basketball and the academics they provide.”

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One bonus to Fredette and Girard being from the same town is that connection the two have as Girard and his family know Fredette “very well.”

“He’s been in contact with my dad a lot and I have his phone number for when I need advice,” Girard said. “We worked out last summer and I learned a lot from him and the workout. He’s a really great person.”

Being from the same high school as Fredette does bring on a lot of pressure.

“Yeah, I get called the next Jimmer all the time,” he said. “I take it as a great honor knowing people think I’m going to be an NBA and professional basketball player. I do understand I have to keep working hard to reach my max potential like him.”

So far Girard is living up to the scoring hype as Fredette, and as a sophomore he is averaging 36.4 points per game. It is possible that he could end up with the most points ever in the state of New York once his prep career is over.

Being humble is the advice that Fredette has passed along to Girard, as well as working as hard as you can to accomplish goals.

Girard currently holds 11 offers which include: High Point, Siena, Albany, George Washington, Penn State, Tulane, Vermont, St. John’s, Marist, BYU and Washington.

While heading into his junior year Girard is still contemplating what visits he will take, but the Cougars are currently on his list of places to eventually visit.

“I’m very humbled by the offer,” Girard said. “Yeah I definitely want to go to BYU. I feel it would be an amazing trip. I will go for an unofficial visit before an official visit though.”

With it still being early in the recruiting process Girard has not narrowed down a favorites list from his current offers.

When describing his game Girard is all about team success.

“I’m someone who can help a team win and winning is the ultimate goal for me,” he said. “I shoot it very well and can handle the ball well too. I just like helping my team win.”

As for where he can improve?

“[Being] athletic and strong as I can be. I just got to perfect my game and be the best player I can be.”

Being athletic is not an issue as Girard is an exceptional athlete as he also plays quarterback for his high school team.


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