LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Former Kentucky men’s basketball player Kellan Grady and current player CJ Fredrick were teammates on last year’s Wildcats team, and the two hoopers teamed up again this weekend.
The Kentucky Sharp Shooters Basketball Camp was held Thursday and Friday at Sports Center by the Fayette Mall in Lexington, giving kids of all ages the opportunity to learn from two Kentucky stars.
“It’s a joy for me just being able to see kids get excited for guys like myself and CJ come in here and hopefully just be a positive influence, I hopped in and played knockout with a couple of the groups and just try to be a positive force around here,” Grady said.
“Me and Kellan were talking about doing something and it was all for the kids just to give back but we’re excited to be here and see the kids smile and have fun,” Frederick said.
A sharp-shooters camp makes sense to have these two guys host, learning from some of the most lethal shooters in college basketball. Grady led the SEC and ranked 15th nationally in 3-point percentage with a 41.7% clip, while Fredrick was the nation’s leading returner in 3-point percentage heading into last season at 46.6% but missed the entire season with a left hamstring injury.
The camp was held through the Tyler Ulis Foundation and also offered kids a Malibu Jack’s gift card and a camp t-shirt.
While they were happy to talk to and learn from Grady, he said a few kids jumped right to the point and asked him if he knew Nikola Jokic. Grady signed to the Denver Nuggets’ summer league team and has been invited to training camp. He played about 15 minutes per game last month in Las Vegas, playing behind a couple first round picks.
“I’ve started my whole career so this was a good learning experience for me and good for me to play in a role where I have to come off the bench and try to be as effective as I can in a lesser amount of minutes which there’s about 20-30 starters in the NBA and everybody else has to find ways to be productive in lesser role so I think that’s the next step for me just continuing to refine my abilities and also have the mental fortitude to be productive,” Grady said.
Fredrick is gearing up for this upcoming season in Lexington, hoping to play in front of Big Blue Nation after transferring here last year from Iowa.