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Kentucky contacts CJ Fredrick, per report

Fredrick is one of the best guards to hit the transfer portal.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

After entering his name into the transfer portal April 18th, former Iowa guard and Covington Catholic alum CJ Fredrick has officially been contacted by Kentucky. 247 Sports’ Chris Fisher broke the news late Tuesday night.

Fredrick has been a rumored transfer option for Kentucky for months now, even before his name was officially in the portal.

Ordinally a three-star recruit from Cincinnati (OH) in the class of 2018, Fredrick had a decent offer list when he was being recruited, choosing Iowa over Indiana, Penn State and Xavier.

In his freshman season in 2019-20, Fredrick was a vital player for the Hawkeyes, averaging 10.2 points per game while shooting 46% from three-point range and 80% from the free-throw line.

This past season, Fredrick’s numbers dropped. Only averaging 7.5 points per game on 47% shooting from three. His free-throw percentage dropped by 12, to 67%, while playing four less minutes per game and a zero-point outing in his final game for Iowa, which was a loss to Oregon in the round of 32. He was dealing with a lower leg injury that flared up in January and never fully healed, so his drop in production can be partly attributed to that.

Fredricks’s best outings last season for the Hawkeyes was a 21-point game against North Carolina where he shot 5/7 from three. He also had 23 points against Minnesota and Marcus Carr on 5/6 shooting from three.

If Kentucky were to land Fredrick, he would be seen as a bench option, and not the solution to Kentucky’s guard issues. Fredrick would be a viable shooting threat, alongside Kellan Grady and Dontaie Allen.

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