SALT LAKE CITY -- The supposed romance between Jimmer and the Jazz is no more.
On a night full of anticipation and drama because they had a pair of high draft picks, the Jazz grabbed two new players Thursday, but neither was named Jimmer Fredette.
And that left several thousand fans at EnergySolutions Arena barking their disappointment.
With the Nos. 3 and 12 picks in the 2011 NBA draft, the Jazz took 6-foot-11 center Enes Kanter and 6-6 guard Alec Burks. Meanwhile, Fredette, a shooting star from BYU, went No. 10 to the Milwaukee Bucks, who immediately traded his rights to the Sacramento Kings.
Kevin O'Connor, Jazz general manager, said he wasn't surprised to see Fredette go in the Top 10.
After that, he said little else about the All-American.
"I'll say one statement, and I won't say another thing about (Fredette)," O'Connor said. "We had him in our Top 10 on our board."
O'Connor added that by talking about Fredette and what might have been, he felt he was doing a disservice to Kanter and Burks.
"I'm not going to do that. (Fredette is) someone else's player," he said.
After Duke's Kyrie Irving went to the Cavaliers with the top overall pick and Minnesota took Arizona forward Derrick Williams at No. 2, the Jazz wasted little time in taking Kanter, a 19-year-old from Turkey.
Kanter was supposed to play at Kentucky last season but was ruled ineligible because of a prior relationship with a Turkish club team. Despite his age, he was highly touted as a powerful rebounder and low-post scorer.
"I know Utah Jazz fans are crazy, and I love them," Kanter said. "I will bring them toughness and post moves, rebounding and everything."
Later, the Jazz went with Burks, 19, a sophomore from Colorado.
"I'm glad to be in the NBA," Burks said. "I'm glad to go to a great organization like the Utah Jazz."
Jazz fans seemed generally pleased with the two selections, but many who showed up for the team's annual draft party at ESA voiced their disappointment when Fredette went off the board.
The BYU senior seemed to capture the attention of the basketball-watching public, not just in Utah but across the country. Although his defense has been disparaged, Fredette was the NCAA's best offensive player, averaging 28.9 points per game.
Several fans at the ESA wore BYU shirts and jerseys, many with Fredette's No. 32 on the front.
As ESPN's broadcast was shown on the arena's big-screen scoreboard, fans erupted into cheers whenever Fredette appeared on camera.
Media reports from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. -- where the draft was held -- said the crowd there cheered the 22-year-old when he stood up.
Fredette had a pre-draft workout for the Jazz earlier in the month and performed well. The Jazz would not say whether they hoped to get him with the 12th pick, but several mock drafts had the team taking him.
However, earlier in the day, the Kings, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats made a three-way trade that allowed the Bucks to take Fredette at No. 10, then trade him to the Kings.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said he has long admired Fredette and was happy for him.
"I was happy to see him go at 10. I thought the kid had a great, great run this year. He made some great strides, and I was happy to see him get rewarded by getting picked a little bit higher than people thought he would."