Prospect Spotlight: Josh Fitzgerald (2019)

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Posted On: 02/7/18 1:30 PM

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Newman Catholic guard Josh Fitzgerald is one of the more athletic guards in Iowa, and it so happens, he’s one of the state’s best baseball players, too.

The 6-foot-1 guard is warranting Division I interest for his baseball prowess. But right now, the focus is on hoops.

“I think my biggest strength is my quickness with the ball and my ability to jump. The biggest thing that I’ve been working on this year is my shot off the dribble, so I can become more of a threat as a shooter,” said Fitzgerald.  

His Knights started the season 0-3, but followed that with a 12-game winning streak. Fitzgerald has averaged 11.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2,4 steals through it all.

“I’ve mostly been the guy that creates open shots for my teammates, and I look to take it to the hoop when the opportunity is open,” said Fitzgerald. “Overall, I think I’ve done a nice job of being a team player because we have a team where guys don’t need to score 20 or more points a game, because we have multiple guys that are threats on offense.”

The diamond though is Fitzgerald’s true calling. And he harbors baseball offers from Iowa, Tulane and Illinois State. Fitz still has two more high school seasons of baseball to go.

“My recruitment so far for baseball has been pretty good. I have picked up three Division I offers for baseball and have a few other schools that have been interested in me,” said Fitzgerald. “However nothing has come my way for basketball. My recruitment goals are just finding a school that feels like a place where I can develop into the best player that I can become.”