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CJ Fredrick is ready to roll; will change number this season for Kentucky

Fredrick was among the new Wildcats who arrived on campus this weekend.

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New Kentucky sharpshooter CJ Fredrick has battled numerous injuries over the course of his college career.

Last season in particular, Fredrick battled a lower leg injury that had some Kentucky fans worried he wouldn’t be 100% come this winter.

According to Fredrick, however, he is ready to go.

The Iowa transfer joined KSR Thursday morning and let fans know that he is back to 100%.

“I actually got cleared to start working out again about four weeks ago and I’ve been going pretty hard these last four weeks and I haven’t had any pain with my foot. I am fully cleared, so when I get there, I’ll be ready to roll. I feel really good about where I’m at.”

This past season, the injury took him out for four games, and it also hurt him through the course of the rest of the season. Look back to the 2019 season, and he also missed six games that season due to a foot injury.

Fredrick has made it clear though that he is doing everything he can to make sure he is in the best shape for this season.

“A lot of it’s going to be getting with the training staff and sports scientist program and seeing how my body works. Kind of changing my body a little bit in these next couple of months on campus this summer. Getting as healthy as I can, getting my body as right as I can. Then, obviously, working out in the gym with the guys and the coaches, getting as better at my game as I can as well.”

Fredrick also let fans know that he will be making a number change this season as well. At Iowa, he wore the No. 5. But after the tragic passing of Terrance Clarke earlier this year, Fredrick will be switching to No. 1.

“I don’t want to be No. 5 this year, I feel like that’s not my position to wear that jersey. It’s his. I’m going to be wearing No. 1, what I was in high school.”

As mentioned in the last part of his quote, Fredrick wore No. 1 during his career at Covington Catholic.

Fredrick was among the new Wildcats who arrived on campus this weekend.

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