Class of 2018 shooting guard C.J. Fredrick was off to a tremendous start to his junior season before suffering an ankle injury. Fredrick is expected back in time for the state tournament, and is doing everything possible to help his team while recovering from his injury.
“When I was healthy, it was about being able to consistently knock down shots and also get better off the dribble,” noted Fredrick about the season. “Now that I am hurt I have focused on getting stronger and working on my upper body strength. Also I am trying to stay active with my shooting and ball handling.”
For Fredrick the last month has been tough, but he knows he has to remain an active participant on his team, and is just trying to help however he can.
“It is difficult to watch your team and not be able to help, but I know I have to help anyway possible, but it is definitely tough,” noted Frederick.
Fredrick’s uncle, Joe, played for Iowa boss Fran McCaffery when McCaffery was an assistant at Notre Dame, and the family has remained close over the years.
About the Iowa interest, Fredrick said, “I love the whole coaching staff. I like how they move the ball and play for each other. Coach Fran is a good guy and he says I’d fit in perfectly with my ability to pass and make shots.”
Xavier is located only minutes from Fredrick’s house, making it easy to get to the Big East school, and he continues to build a strong bond with Chris Mack and his staff.
“They have great coaches,” said Fredrick of Xavier. “I am communicating with them a lot, and I pop over there every once in a while. We continue to build our relationship, and I like how they play and use their guards like J.P. Macura.”
At this point Butler and Indiana haven’t offered, but Fredrick is planning to visit each program soon, and is intrigued by the two schools.
About Indiana, he said, “I love the fast pace that they play, and I am excited to see a game there live. I’ve heard they have a great atmosphere for games and I can’t wait to see it.”
When it comes to Butler, he added, “I haven’t been there for a game yet, but I like Hinkle Fieldhouse and I am looking forward to seeing their style of play in person.”
At the moment Fredrick says he is in no rush to make a commitment, and is simply focused on getting back healthy and on the court.