Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

C.J. Fredrick's big day leads to IndyBall title

C.J. Fredrick showed Sunday why he holds multiple Big ten offers, finishing as the leading scorer for Indiana Elite in the IndyBall 17 U title game.

It's been a great start  to the spring for C.J. Fredrick. Playing for Indiana Elite 2018 this weekend at IndyBall, there wasn't a game we caught that didn't see Frederick knock down several long range jumpers.

"Been great to get back to these guys," Frederick said. "Been a  bit of a transition to go from high school to AAU because (in high school) you're getting all the minutes, all the looks. Now you have to find each other, start moving the ball. That's why this is a great week for us to get ready as we go to the (adidas) Gauntlet series."

The first big stop on the Gauntlet series will be a trip next Friday to Dallas. Then college coaches will be courtside for their first spring look at AAU type competition.

If they had been at North Central on Sunday, coaches would have witnessed Fredrick leading Indiana Elite with 22 points in a 84-71 title game win over Team Harris in a 17U showdown. His three first half 3-pointers helped build a 10 point halftime lead that was never relinquished.

"We all really understand that we have to play together," Fredrick said. "It starts on defense and that's how it gets into our offense. It's hard to find AAU teams that move the ball like we do."

It all starts with point guard Robert Phinisee, the No. 61 ranked player in the Class of 2018. 

"When you have Rob driving, kicking, me to shoot the three--that is where I fit in well, let him penetrate, sneak over so he can find me, come off ball screens."

Fredrick is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who is actually from Kentucky. He plays at Covington Catholic, located just south of Cincinnati.

That's an easy drive to Bloomington and Fredrick made more than one IU home game this year.

In mid February he added an Indiana offer. Xavier and Iowa were notable offers in before year-end.

"The atmosphere up there is crazy," Fredrick said about Assembly Hall. "They didn't  have the season they wanted but they still showed out."

Of course there's a new guy in charge of the Hoosier program.

"I haven't talked to Archie(Miller)  yet, he's a busy guy right now but coach (Tom) Crean was a great guy and I grew a relationship with him. So we'll see what happens."

When he played for Covington Catholic he was Mr. Efficiency from the floor. Fredrick show 55 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point distance.

"It was an up and down year for me," Fredrick said. "I hurt my ankle and was out for awhile but we had a solid year. I averaged 22 (points)."

It was a good enough year to bring in a lot of new suitors.

"I was getting interest from a lot of Big Ten schools. Iowa, Penn State, Minnesota. Some Big East schools, Xavier, Butler. We'll see what this summer brings too."

Fredrick added that his latest offer came from Penn State about two weeks ago. 

He'll get busy with his recruiting when summer comes.

"I am going to do most of my visits in the dead period in Kentucky which is the last two weeks of June, first week of July.  Those three weeks should be pretty busy. I'll start narrowing it down from there."

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