CovCath 2018 guard CJ Fredrick has put together a pretty strong start to his week.
Around 9 pm on Tuesday night, he was at the Cintas Center on an unofficial visit to Xavier for the Musketeers' win over North Dakota State. He left with an offer from head coach Chris Mack and his staff. Around 9 pm on Wednesday night, he was giving quotes to a print media hack after scoring 17 points to lead CovCath to a 62-52 win over LexCath, a team ranked 12th in the state of Kentucky.
"I was shocked," Fredrick said of his offer. "But I appreciated their confidence in me that they think I can play with them. They see me as a JP Macura-ish type of player."
The comparison by Xavier's coaching staff is one that makes sense. All of Fredrick's strengths are the same as Macura's. He's tough, ultra confident, a high-level shooter, great passer, and an all-around playmaker.
Fredrick didn't have his best shooting night on Wednesday, finishing 5-of-15 from the field and 2-of-4 from 3-point range. He had four assists, a rebound, a block, and three turnovers while playing well on the defensive end.
"Shots weren't falling for some people," Fredrick said. "We're fine. We just have to get back to practice, be more crisp, and stop making turnovers."
In addition to Xavier, Fredrick has offers from Iowa, Ball State, Wright State, Northern Kentucky, Miami (OH), and Winthrop. Butler and Notre Dame are two more high-major schools involved that could be a serious factor if they extend an offer.
While he was excited about adding an offer from the Musketeers, Fredrick said he isn't focused on making a decision right now and plans to wait until after the high school season.
"I'm just focused on finishing our team goal for this year which is winning a regional championship and then a state championship and then have a good AAU season," Fredrick said. "I'll talk about (a college decision) later."
Fredrick, who plays with the Adidas-sponsored Indiana Elite AAU program over the summer, will get an opportunity to showcase his game against top competition over the next month. CovCath has games at Louisville St. Xavier and Cincinnati Moeller before they head to Fairdale for the always loaded King of the Bluegrass tournament and New Jersey for the Skyline Classic at national powerhouse St. Anthony High School. CovCath is ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer Northern Kentucky area coaches' poll.