Former Iowa Hawkeyes guard CJ Fredrick was one of the most highly-touted players in this year’s NCAA transfer portal. On Wednesday afternoon, he finally decided which program would receive his talents.
“Welcome to the family, [CJ Fredrick],” they wrote.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) May 5, 2021
Joining the Hawkeyes as a three-star recruit out of Alexandria, Kentucky in 2018, Fredrick had an immediate impact on Fran McCaffrey’s roster. Through his freshman season, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged 10.2 points per game on a red-hot 46.1 percent from behind the arc. During this past season in Iowa City, Fredrick’s scoring numbers dropped to 7.2 ppg but his three-point shooting percentage jumped up to a top-10 ranked 49.3% through the regular season.
This good news for the Wildcats comes just one week after four-star point guard Nolan Hickman decommitted from the program. The departures of Devin Askew (transfer to Texas) and Davion Mintz (graduation) have also left a gaping hole in the Kentucky backcourt that will welcome Fredrick with open arms.
Returning to his home-state team, Fredrick will look to get the Wildcats back on track after their worst season in decades. After tipping off the year with a historically-bad 1-6 start, Coach Cal and his Kentucky squad finished the season with a 9-16 record — missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013.