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Iowa sharpshooter CJ Fredrick reportedly enters transfer portal

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Iowa sharpshooter CJ Fredrick is entering the transfer portal.

After rumors of a potential departure began swirling to close out the 2020-21 season, that speculation was confirmed late Sunday evening when the former Covington Catholic standout officially left the Iowa program and entered the portal.

Rob Howe of HawkeyeNation.com was the first to break the news on Sunday, followed by Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com confirming the departure shortly after.

Fredrick, the 2018 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, started 27 games for Iowa this past season and finished the year averaging 7.5 points per game on 47.4% shooting overall and 47.4% shooting from three. As a freshman in 2019-20, the 6-foot-1 guard averaged 10.2 points per contest and shot 46.1% from three on over four attempts per game.

Though Fredrick is just now entering the portal, rumors of the former Covington Catholic standout returning closer to home – he’s originally from Cincinnati, OH – have been loud and clear since February, with Kentucky seen as the longtime favorite should a transfer come to fruition.

Now that Fredrick is officially entering the portal, fans should keep a close eye on this one. Desperately needing shooting help this past season, plenty could be on the way in 2021-22 with the potential addition of Fredrick, the signing of Davidson sharpshooter Kellan Grady, and the return of in-state standout Dontaie Allen.

Check out some of Fredrick’s most recent highlights below:

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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19 Comments for Iowa sharpshooter CJ Fredrick reportedly enters transfer portal



  1. kuhlkat
    1:19 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    Yet still no coverage of the best volleyball team in the history of the program on a so called Kentucky Sports site. Quite an oversight.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      1:51 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

      Had one post go up immediately after your comment, with another long recap of the match in the works, as well. It’s well past 1 AM on a Sunday (now Monday), take a breath.



    • Pensacola_Cat_Fan
      9:40 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

      I’ve seen two volleyball post mentions within the last 24 hours. Might want to get some glasses.



  2. MrFlip41129
    1:42 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    Understood. But Football and basketball pay the bills. Don’t see too much baseball coverage. Don’t see alot of soccer or softball. It is what it is.



  3. Cokely53
    8:00 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    Jack, where would he fit in with this team? He’s 6’1” so I would assume he would only be able to play the 2 but I figured that position has already been promised to Grady. Would he really transfer knowing he’d be a backup? Or would Grady slide over to the 3?



  4. Bigblueswami
    8:08 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    I would say they can play 3 guards… for as poorly as we shot it, we’re gonna see all kinds of zone. I don’t think we’ll have PG, SG, SF so much as zone buster 1, zone buster 2, zone buster 3



  5. DaveT999
    8:11 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    Is this a sign Cal is going to update the style of play and go after 3s more steadily instead of pulling players as soon as they miss one?



  6. just a guy
    8:23 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    Cal won’t touch him. Cals already told TyTy he would be running the dribble drive, showed videos of every PG in last 10 years, and said this is how we’ll play. A 6’1 2 guard isn’t in the works



  7. E11Q
    8:45 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    My Lord, how badly are we hurting for talent in this recruiting class to consider this move??? I understand the majority of a certain type of person in this state is looking for the next “great white hope” but y’all..this kid aint it. If he can’t guard in the Big 10, which is objectively less athletic top to bottom than the SEC is, what hope does he have of guarding at this program? The kid’s Defensive rating per 40 minutes last season was a 109.7….which would be worse than EVERYONE ON UK’s ROSTER THAT PLAYED SIGNIFICANT MINUTES last year. Almost a full 6 points worse than Dontaie’s rating and everyone griped about his poor defense all year long.

    I’m telling you right now, if this is the kind of player that UK is having to settle for, we are headed into some very dark days as Cal finishes up his remaining years at the helm.



    • Drogon
      11:20 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

      Exactly. He’s a worse defender than he is a good shooter. However, depending on the makeup of the interior Kentucky might be able to get away with a player like this. He just won’t be able to be in the game for extended minutes.



  8. UKBigBlueForever
    9:14 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    E11-noIQ… Do you know how many transfers were playing in the title game last year???



    • mashman 93
      9:22 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

      You’re exactly right Cal has changed his recruiting strategy right before our eyes. Cal knows he can never have another season like last year at Kentucky again. I will make a prediction he will never have another #1 recruiting class at Kentucky again and I’m ok with that.



    • mashman 93
      9:56 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

      He will still get a five star guy or two to mix in but the days of starting 4-5 freshmen are over



    • E11Q
      11:28 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

      And everyone of them that did play were significantly better defensively than Fredricks is. Do you understand how BAD you have to be to have a defensive rating of nearly 110….in the BIG 10 conference???? Transfers aren’t the answer. Freshman aren’t the answer. The answer is simply to find talented, skilled players (regardless of grade level). I know that’s obvious, but to act like Cal is going to go wholesale away from trying to recruit elite high school recruits in order to focus completely on the transfer market is just asinine.



  9. CALfacts
    9:47 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    We need All the sharpshooters we can get. Cal is just going to teach a zone at some point, now would be a great time.



    • E11Q
      11:32 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

      No he’s not. This might be the single most ignorant comment I’ve ever seen. Please, show me a team that’s primarily played a zone defense, that has won an NCAA championship in the last 15 years? The closest was Syracuse back in 03, which was less to do with them playing a matchup zone and more to do with the fact that Carmelo Anthony was the best player in a generation of college basketball.

      Cal will never primarily play a zone because he understands you can’t win consistently playing it, especially in modern basketball that is primarily focused around perimeter scoring. Which, in case you weren’t aware, is directly designed to COUNTER teams that play zones.



  10. Bluehender
    9:55 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

    If they are looking at him, it’s not because of his defense. It’s because of 47% from the 3 point line.



    • Bluehender
      9:55 am April 19, 2021 Permalink

      …comment meant for E11Q above..



  11. T-Town Cat
    12:56 pm April 19, 2021 Permalink

    There’s a reason why he started 27 games, but only averaged 7.5 ppg as the Shooting Guard. He might not be able to get a shot off in the SEC. Does anyone not think Dontae Allen would have exceeded that if he had been given the minutes this guy had? Plus he is 5-6” taller. Just give Dontae the opportunity instead of considering guys like this.