Monday, April 11, 2005

Hoops Rumors

Well, the rumor-mill is alive and well again. More swirling whispers about Zam "Buck" Fredrick transferring. Past rumors had him thinking about his father's alma-mater South Carolina. In what could be viewed as one of the twists in this story, it turns out that the possibility of Dave Odom leaving could impact what happens. Turns about Zam Fredrick Sr. is actually interested in the South Carolina coaching job should Odom leave. He's even interested in an assistant coaching slot. You think Zam's dad could convince him to transfer?

USC job "interests" Fredrick

Should Odom decide to leave USC, at least one former Gamecock men's basketball player has indicated he would not mind returning to his alma mater in a coaching capacity.

Calhoun County boys' basketball coach Zam Fredrick said he "would be very interested" in applying for the position if it became available despite no previous college coaching experience.

"It would be a great opportunity, and I'm certainly capable of doing it," said Fredrick, who played with the Gamecocks from 1978-81 and led the nation in scoring as a senior.

Should Odom stay, Fredrick is also receptive to applying for an assistant coaching position. USC currently has a vacancy after Ricky Stokes was named the new head coach at East Carolina, while another assistant, Barry Sanderson, has interviewed for the Florida Atlantic job. A third assistant, Rick Duckett, is reportedly in the running for the Coastal Carolina men's basketball head coaching position.

In 16 seasons with the Saints, Fredrick has posted an impressive record of 406-54 and is one of 17 Palmetto State boys' basketball high school coaches with 400 or more victories. He's also led Calhoun County to three state titles, six state title appearances and 14 region titles, while being named All-T&D Region Coach of the Year six times.

His son, Zambolist "Buck" Fredrick, played this past season for Georgia Tech.

So if the rumor is true, why is he transferring? Did he see himself left out of the rotation in the future? Does he know something about Jarrett Jack and his NBA decision? Has he just realized that Georgia Tech is not a good fit? Stay tuned........