While the Cincinnati Bearcats have had some success in their first year as members of the Big 12 Conference, the team has been operating without one of their top players in senior guard CJ Fredrick.
Fredrick last suited up for UC on December 22nd, and while optimism continues to grow for a possible return this season, Cincinnati head coach Wes Miller detailed an updated timeline targeting the end of conference play for the return of their star guard.
While the Bearcats remain optimistic about seeing Fredrick return to the court in the near future, Miller mentioned that he is hopeful to get the Kentucky native back before the end of league play in March.
Miller addressed the media in a press conference on Tuesday and provided the update on Fredrick saying, “I don’t have some illusion that CJ being back in his first game is going to have the best game of his career. But him just being on the floor will help us.”
Fredrick has been a solid player for the Bearcats this season averaging 7.5 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.3 rebounds per game in his fourth season of college basketball.
Coming out of high school, Fredrick was listed as a three-star prospect by the 247Sports index and checked in as the nation’s 223rd-ranked prospect. He also checked in as the 47th-ranked shooting guard in his class and the third-ranked player in the state of Kentucky.
Despite the absence of Fredrick, Wes Miller and the Bearcats will take on the Houston Cougars at the Fifth Third arena on Saturday, February 10th at 3:00 PM CT with coverage live on ESPN2.