New Kentucky Wildcat CJ Fredrick has been dealt another setback. Ryan Lemond just reported on Kentucky Sports Radio that the Iowa transfer had surgery this morning to repair a broken leg. The details of the injury are unknown, as is the timetable for his return.
The timing is especially unfortunate for Fredrick, who transferred to Kentucky from Iowa in May. The 6’3″ sharpshooter missed several games last season due to plantar fasciitis. As a freshman, he also missed six games with a stress reaction in his left foot. This summer, he was finally back to full health.
“I had a really tough injury this past year,” Fredrick told reporters in June. “It was just something really naggy. I had plantar fasciitis in my left foot and it mentally and physically took a lot out of me. Waking up in the morning trying to take a step and I’m kinda collapsing. That’s tough. I’m trying to practice then play. It took a lot out of me mentally. Just being in the training room all day.”
Fredrick was named 2018 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year after leading Covington Catholic to the state championship and a 35-4 record. He averaged 23.1 points per game in his senior season at CovCath and shot 48.4% from 3-point range. At Iowa, he averaged 8.8 points per game in 52 appearances. After redshirting in 2018-19, Fredrick made 47 3-pointers during the 2019-20 season and averaged 10.2 points and 2.8 assists per game. In the 2020-21 season, he averaged 7.5 points per game and made 36 threes but was limited in the second half of the season with the previously mentioned injury.
Get well soon, CJ.