The Iowa Hawkeyes released a minor note on the team on Wednesday afternoon, announcing redshirt sophomore guard CJ Fredrick underwent successful surgery on his right foot. Fredrick was a key piece for Iowa last season and is expected to be a major contributor this year as well.
Iowa put out the following release:
IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa redshirt sophomore CJ Fredrick underwent successful surgery of his right foot Tuesday at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.
Fredrick had a screw inserted to his fifth metatarsal to fixate a stress fracture. The Hawkeye guard is expected to be off the court the next six weeks.
“The timing for this surgery was perfect,” said Fredrick. “This procedure will allow me to recover quickly and be able to play pain free in that foot for the season. I can’t wait to begin rehabbing and working toward the upcoming season.”
Fredrick was a regular in the Hawkeye lineup as a rookie, starting all 25 games played, and earning All-Big Ten Freshman Team accolades. The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, led the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.461, 47-of-102) and ranked third on the team in points per game (10.2). Fredrick was one of only three players nationally — and only player from a major conference dating back to 1993 – to total 65+ assists, 32 or fewer turnovers, and shoot 46 percent or better from 3-point range.
“CJ’s right foot has been bothering him for several weeks and this procedure is a proactive approach to expediate the healing process,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “CJ has had a tremendous off-season of training and we are confident he will be even stronger when he returns next month.”
How Fredrick comes back will be a key storyline for the team entering this season. Everyone certainly wishes him the best in his recovery.