clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Iowa Basketball Recruiting: 3-Star SG CJ Fredrick Signs with Hawkeyes

New, 9 comments

The Hawkeyes’ class of 2018 officially grew today as shooting guard CJ Fredrick signed his national letter of intent to play for Fran McCaffery and Iowa.

CJ Fredrick joins Joe Wieskamp in Iowa’s class of 2018.
Image via @CovCathBball

Position: SG
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 170 lbs
Composite Ranking: 3-Star
Hometown: Alexandria, Kentucky
Commitment Date: 8/5/2017
Commitment Article: Have a Seat, CJ Fredrick

After committing to play for Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes as a walk-on, CJ Fredrick, a 6’4” sharp-shooting guard from Alexandria, Kentucky, was offered the scholarship previously occupied by Christian Williams. When Williams announced his decision to leave the program only days before the first exhibition game of the season, the door was opened for Fredrick to become a scholarship athlete. He made things official today signing a national letter of intent to play as a scholarship player for the Hawkeyes in the class of 2018.

Fredrick is a good sized guard at 6’4”, though not as tall as his classmate and fellow shooting guard Joe Wieskamp, who signed earlier today. His specialty is the long ball and he can really stroke it from deep. Since committing to the Hawkeyes back in August, he’s been upgraded to a 3-star recruit and is the number 3 recruit overall in the state of Kentucky according to 247 Sports.

As a shooting specialist, Fredrick isn’t a guy who attacks the paint, but he is a capable ball handler with enough athleticism to fit in defensively for the Hawkeyes. Iowa fans should expect him to fill the role previously held by guys like Brady Ellingson and Josh Oglesby. In his junior season, he averaged 21 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

A prep at Covington Catholic High School, just across the river from Cincinnati, Fredrick’s family has a long relationship with the McCaffery family dating back to his time at Notre Dame. Fredrick initially chose to take a walk-on spot with Iowa over offers from Indiana, Xavier, Penn State, Nebraska and others according to various sites.

With the addition of both Fredrick and Wieskamp, the Hawkeyes are full in the class of 2018. Here’s a look at how the scholarship distribution shakes out.

Iowa Basketball Scholarship Distribution Chart

POS SR JR SO FR Total 2018 COMMITS 2019 COMMITS
POS SR JR SO FR Total 2018 COMMITS 2019 COMMITS
PG -- JORDAN BOHANNON CONNOR MCCAFFERY** 2
SG -- BRADY ELLINGSON* ISAIAH MOSS* MAISHE DAILEY -- 3 JOE WIESKAMP CJ FREDRICK
SF DOM UHL NICHOLAS BAER CORDELL PEMSL -- 3 PAT MCCAFFERY
PF -- AHMAD WAGNER TYLER COOK JACK NUNGE 3
C -- -- RYAN KRIENER LUKA GARZA 2
Total 1 3 6 2 12

Fredrick becomes the first player from the state of Kentucky for the Hawkeyes. The core of the roster is from Iowa, but recent additions have come from nearby midwest states such as Missouri (Tyler Cook), Indiana (Jack Nunge) and Illinois (Isaiah Moss) as well as further away. Guys like Fredrick and big man Luka Garza (Washington, D.C.) show this staff’s growing ability to land guys form outside the footprint.

Welcome aboard, officially, Mr. Fredrick!