Monday, April 11, 2005

Hoops: It's Official - Fredrick to Transfer

Well, per Zam Fredrick Sr. on an internet report from Phil Kornblut - the sports director for the South Carolina news network - Zam Jr. has asked and been granted his release from Georgia Tech:

'Buck' Fredrick leaving Ga. Tech, has eye on USC

By THOMAS GRANT, T&D Senior Sports Writer

From almost the moment Zambolist "Buck" Fredrick began showing his prowess on the hardwood, people envisioned him one day wearing a Garnet and Black jersey.

Many assumed he would follow in the footsteps of his father, former University of South Carolina scoring champion Zam Fredrick. Instead, the younger Fredrick decided to follow his own path and opted to sign with the school where he felt most comfortable, Georgia Tech.

After one unsatisfying season in which the former "Mr. South Carolina Basketball" and three-time state champion at Calhoun County saw most of the game action up close from the bench, it appears Fredrick is ready to give the Gamecocks a second look.

On Monday, the elder Fredrick confirmed an Internet report by Palmetto Recruiting's Phil Kornblut that his son had requested and received a release from Georgia Tech. The longtime Saints' boys' basketball coach also said he planned to contact current USC men's basketball coach Dave Odom to see if there is interest in "Buck" transferring to USC.

Should Fredrick become a Gamecock, he would have to sit out the 2005-06 season since he's making a direct transfer from another Division I-A school.


Here's the direct internet report:

By Phil Kornblut
6-2 freshman guard Buck Frederick has asked for and been granted a released from Georgia Tech so that he can transfer to another school according to his father, Zam Frederick. "You get to where you feel it's best to move on," Zam Frederick said. "We feel it's better now to just go elsewhere. Frederick played in 19 games this season averaging under 2 points per game. And the elder Frederick said USC will be the target school for his son. "Carolina was always among his top choices," he said. "We're going to take a look to see if something is there." Frederick said he expected to contact USC head coach Dave Odom within the next 24-48 hours to check out the interest in his son.

Here's a post on another board so you can see what Gamecock fans think...... Here's another..... Pretty mixed reviews so far. Sounds like some fans are still bitter he didn't chose SC the first time around.