Fran McCaffery offers update on injured Iowa guard CJ Fredrick
Over the last two weeks, it’s been pretty well documented that Iowa needs CJ Fredrick on the floor to be successful. The Hawkeyes have struggled recently without his presence.
Iowa has dropped four of its last five games, and in all four of those losses Fredrick was not available for the entire game. The lone exception was a victory over Michigan State, separating a pair of losses to Indiana and Illinois and Ohio State and Indiana.
Fredrick sustained a lower leg injury in Iowa’s first bout against the Hoosiers, only playing the first half. Since then, he’s played just 12 minutes (against Michigan State) and scored only 2 points. He missed the Hawkeyes’ most recent contest against IU, as well.
Tuesday, McCaffery offered an update on Fredrick, and it’s not too clear how much the guard will play.
Per Scott Dochterman of The Athletic, Fredrick is day-to-day and the plan is for him to play. However, those plans could change, and McCaffery says it will likely continue this way for the remainder of the season.
Fredrick is averaging 8.7 points, 2.3 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game for Iowa this season. His real threats have been as a 3-point shooter and on the defensive end. He’s knocking down 50% of his shots from long range this year, providing Iowa with strong perimeter shooting.
Iowa is back in action on Wednesday, when it hosts No. 25 Rutgers.