After a weekend of excitement around Big Blue Nation, Monday has started with a grim feel as transfer guard CJ Fredrick has had surgery to repair a broken leg he suffered yesterday. The news was first reported by Kentucky Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond this morning, with severity of the injury still unknown.
The 6-foot-3 shot-maker has had injury issues in the past, as he missed six games his freshman season at Iowa with a stress fracture in his left foot and several games last year due to plantar fasciitis. Fredrick actually spoke on his injury problems back in June, calling the fasciitis really tough to get around.
“It was something really nagging. 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,” he said.
The Iowa transfer was having a bit of a homecoming with his arrival in Lexington considering he starred at Covington Catholic High School and was named 2018 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 23.1 points per game. His three-point shooting might be the most notable attribute of his game, as he shot nearly 50% from behind the arc in his freshman season at Iowa.
Hopefully for CJ the recovery period with this injury will be smooth, and we will see him suit up in the blue and white sometime soon.