CJ Fredrick has announced on social media his next destination for his college career. The three-year (Iowa) Hawkeye and two-year (Kentucky) Wildcat will now become a Cincinnati Bearcat.
"Excited for this next step in my journey! I'm all in! Go Bearcats," said Fredrick in a Twitter post.
Born in Cincinnati, Fredrick spent his high school years starring at Covington Catholic High School where he became the 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year and led his team to a state title with a 35-4 record in his senior season. Not to forget, the school is right across the river from the big city, on the Kentucky side, so while "coming back home" to Kentucky in the summer of 2021 was valid, he's really coming home now.
While voicing his opinion on the status of his career plans just moments after the Kansas State loss, holding back tears he told reporters he wasn't sure what was left for him. He didn't know if he wanted to hit the portal, try out his professional options if he received feedback that there would be any, or even hang up his shoes forever. You could tell it was weighing on his heart and that he had a big decision to make this offseason. As it appears now, he isn't done playing the game just yet and wants to give it one more year up in Cincinnati and I hope he gets what he wants out of it. After five straight years of injuries each season, two of those seasons being completely ruled-out for the entire year (redshirt in 2018-19 and 2021-22), he deserves one good run with a healed body so he can pave the way to a post collegiate career if that's what he wants to do. He deserves that chance and when you're just fighting to stay on the court, you've got to feel for the kid. I'll be rooting for him and hoping he can remain healthy.
CJ played in 27 games this season, tying his most for a season in his entire career. He scored 164 points in 601 total minutes of action, too. While to me it seems like we just got random bursts of excitement during his career here and never got to see the full motion of it all, looking back on his stats there was actually more done than I had realized. While it wasn't his max capabalitlty of production, he still managed to have 10 double-digit scoring games and one 20-point performance in his debut game, coming against Howard. So while we didn't get 100% CJ, we still got to see him spark the crowd a few times with some of his heat checks in the early schedule.
While he will no longer be on the roster, we can safely bet that he won't be gone for too long as he'll have his ties here as well as his fiancée's in Blair Green, who was a star here that just exited the program herself. CJ, we'll see you around soon.