The Iowa Hawkeyes became the first high-major program to step forward and offer class of 2018 shooting guard C.J. Fredrick on Tuesday night. A high level shooter, Fredrick has family ties to the program, and was excited to get the offer.
Playing with Indiana Elite during the summer, Fredrick impressed with his shot making ability in a major way. Coaches from all levels were tracking the team, and Fredrick especially was watched by Fran McCaffery.
After visiting Fredrick at his school on Tuesday, the offer came from the Hawkeyes.
“I was very happy to get the offer,” said Fredrick. “Coach Fran and Coach (Sherman) Dillard were both there. I have always loved Iowa and watched them when I was younger. Obviously my Uncle Joe played for Coach Fran at Notre Dame and he is a great guy. I was very happy.”
When asked if he knew the offer was coming, Fredrick said, “I wasn’t surprised. I was looking forward to it. I knew I played well in the summer in front of them, and they kept coming to my games. I was definitely looking forward to it.”
Fredrick already had racked up offers from Ball State, William & Mary, Winthrop, Miami-Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Lipscomb. Also Xavier and Cincinnati as well as Notre Dame have shown interest in Fredrick.
It is expected that Xavier will drop by his open gym this weekend, and Fredrick has been to the Xavier campus multiple times as well.
With his recruitment just beginning to take off, Fredrick continues to work hard to improve his game.
“I’m really working on playing above the rim,” noted Fredrick. “I’ve been working hard on being more explosive. I’ve also been working on going off the dribble more, and I am focused on improving my release to make it quicker as well as being more consistent with my footwork.
Look for Fredrick to make numerous college visits and gather as much information as possible on all of the schools recruiting him before making a decision.