Maddie Frederick has established herself as one of the top high school girls' basketball players around the nation. She led her Hamilton High School team in Arizona to a Division 1 state championship as an underclassman, and recently, she made a verbal commitment to Big 12 power Iowa State University, a traditional top 50 program.
Now nearly 2,000 miles from home, Frederick brings her elite level talent to the Dayton area for her senior season.
Frederick has built quite a resume, including first-team all-state as a sophomore and junior, along with the Chandler-area Player of the Year and was nominated as a junior for the Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. Nationally, Frederick was ranked as the #72 2018 in the nation according to ESPN before dropping a few spots due to not playing AAU this summer.
Frederick will be joining the defending Division 2 regional runner-up Tippecanoe High School team that returns four starters, and as she gets settled into her new home with her family, she is excited to be able to play in front of several family members.
"I was born in Kettering so it is kind of a coming home kind of thing, and it is great to get back here in front of my grandparents, aunts and uncles and I am excited to be able to share my senior year with them," Frederick said. "Tipp City is a nice area to be able to finish my high school career, and my (freshman) brother can go to high school here as well."
She didn't know much about the Red Devils program when she got here, but she is starting to feel like things could be special again this year with their rich tradition.
"I am looking to do whatever they need me to do to help us win," she added. "Whatever the coach needs from me on the court, and hopefully it will help bring the team together for a great season and we can make a run for it."
What Frederick brings is the complete package. A great passer, can score, defend and at 5-foot-11, is deadly from the midrange elbow to the short corner.
"I am just ready to do what they need me to do, whether it's midrange, three-pointers or getting to the rim," she added. "I just want to play and do what it takes to win."
Her selection to Iowa State was an easy one, with not only a great program year in and year out, but a coaching staff respected by everyone in the game.
"We visited a lot of places, but I liked it here in the midwest since our family is here," she said. "I love the atmosphere and I went to Iowa State elite camp and fell in love with it. Everyone is truly genuine."
Frederick now will work on her game this fall, and joins a talented group of players at Tipp including seniors Allison Mader, Cali Stewart, Claire Hinkle, Hailee Varvel, and Chloe Schretzman, along with experienced sophomores and juniors.
She may be thousands of miles from home, but for Frederick...this is home.