Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer gets hitched

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It’s been over a year since former BYU star Jimmer Fredette played a college game, but how could I pass this story up? He’s still a folk hero to collegiate hoopheads, and everybody likes a good wedding, am I right?

Yep, Jimmer got hitched this past week, marrying his college sweetheart Whitney Wonnacott at the Denver Latter Day Saints temple. His blushing bride is apparently a native of Littleton, Colorado, but the happy couple met while both were students at BYU. While Jimmer was battling through his first season as a Sacramento King, Wonnacott was finishing up at Brigham Young. She graduated with a degree in broadcast  journalism.

Fredette and Wonnacott met when she was a freshman and he a sophomore. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, they met on a rather rough occasion for the Cougars – the day they lost to the Texas A&M Aggies in Philadelphia in the first round of the 2009 NCAA tournament. She was a cheerleader, he was the team’s leading scorer in the loss (18 points – it sounds so quaint in retrospect).

I know you’re all wondering: how does Jimmer Fredette propose? Details are scant, but the Tribune is able to give us the general idea:

Fredette proposed last Aug. 26, surprising Wonnacott, who thought he would be away at a golf tournament and went to his Provo apartment to help his brother move a car.

Friday morning, Fredette acknowledged that it was the couple’s big day, posting on Twitter: “Wedding Day today! Ready for the best day of my life with @whitwonnacott!”

She worked as an intern at Salt Lake City television station KSL and told the station recently that the wedding preparations were “crazy, but a lot of fun. … I mean, it is stressful at times. There’s a lot to think about, a lot going on.”

What else is there to be said? Congratulations to the Fredettes!

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.