2010 Hoops Prospect - Fred Heldring

Fred Heldring, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound, sophomore, from Winnetka (Ill.) New Trier, is considered one of the top center prospects in the Class of 2010. Heldring broke his foot last spring during the King James tournament in Ohio and now he's 100% and opening the eyes of recruiters.

"Fred Heldring is a very good basketball player," said New Trier coach Rick Malnati.

"Fred was brought up to play with our sophomores last year as a freshman and this year I just felt he'd be a waste to stay down on that level so he's our 6th man on the varsity.

"What I like the most about Fred's game is that he's got great hands and instincts. His touch and awareness are also very good for a big man. Fred has a huge upside and I feel his best basketball is ahead of him."

Heldring also plays AAU hoops for the Rising Stars and that's where most of the interest from colleges started.

"I don't have an offer yet," Heldring said. "Illinois, Wisconsin, Davidson, UCLA, USC and Northwestern are the schools that send me regular mail.

"My favorites right now would be Wisconsin, Boston College, UCLA, Wake Forest, Oregon and Northwestern.

"What I plan on doing after this season is getting out to see a few schools. Check out the campus, check out the academics, kind of get a feel for the schools that are interested in me."

We asked Heldring what the strengths of his game are and what he needs to work on the next couple of years.

"Right now the game speed and the practice speed are two completely different things." Heldring said.

"Things obviously happen a lot quicker in games and decisions need to be made quicker but things have been going well and I've started to get in the flow. I need to transition things that happen in practice to what goes on in the game.

"What are my strengths? I'm an average rebounder right now. I block a lot of shots, I have a nice touch on my shot and I run well. There's always room for improvement.

"I have the athletic ability to perform on the varsity. It's the mental aspect of the game that needs to come."

Heldring carries a 3.8 GPA in the classroom.

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