Zambolist "Zam" Fredrick I

Z
ambolist "Zam" Fredrick I
(born August 17, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player. He spent his professional career playing in Italy from 1981 to 1987 after graduating college from the
University of South Carolina in 1981. Although Fredrick played in Europe, he is best known in the United States for leading NCAA Division I in scoring as a senior in 1980–81 with a 28.9 points per game average.

Fredrick grew up in St. Matthews, South Carolina. He was a standout basketball player at the old St. Matthews High School, where he led the “Yellow Jackets” to back to back championships in 1975 and 1976.

Fredrick played college basketball at USC under head coaches Frank McGuire and Bill Foster between 1977 and 1981. The 781 total points he scored during his senior season is second all-time in school history to Grady Wallace's 906, who, coincidentally, also led the nation in scoring in 1956–57.

Despite being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1981 NBA Draft (third round, 51st overall), Fredrick never played in the league. After his decade-long professional career in Europe, he came back and coached high school basketball at Calhoun County High School (CCHS) in St. Matthews, South Carolina. Fredrick led CCHS to eight state championships and a winning streak of 81 games, which is a state record. His son, Zam Fredrick II, was a member of three of those. His son also scored a South Carolina state record 3,481 points and had played on the varsity team since 8th grade.

Fredrick is married to Debra (Fordham) Fredrick and they have three children: Zambolist, II; Zandria; and Zamuel. He is the proud grandfather of three grandchildren: Zion, Zoe, and Zaria.