|LLB 1919, LLM 1920
Hometown: Carrolltown, PA
High School: Carrolltown
Height: Not Available
Weight: Not Available
Years on Team: 1916-20
Career Points By Decade, #1
Scoring Average, #6
Leading Scorer, 1917,18,19,20
Team Captain, 1919
The leading scorer of his decade, Fred Fees was one of the most prolific offensive stars of any era of Georgetown basketball.
Fees, a native of Carrolltown, PA, completed his undergraduate work at St. Francis College and enrolled at Georgetown's law school in the autumn of 1916. The eligibility rules at this time allowed Fees, who had played some basketball at St. Francis, to continue play as a law student at Georgetown.
Adept at the set shooting of the era and an expert free throw shooter, Fees soon dominated the Georgetown scoring totals. From the box scores which exist from those years, Fees led his team in scoring in 45 of the 48 games of his career.
Fees' point totals are strong even by today's standards: 23 versus George Washington, 26 versus St. John's, 30 versus Gallaudet. What was more remarkable was that this was in an era of very low scoring-his 23 points against St. John's, for example, came in a game where Georgetown scored only 31 points. He once scored 15 points against Navy, while the rest of the team scored only two. Over his four years, Fees accounted for 45 percent of the team's entire scoring output.
Free throw shooting was Fees' specialty. In this era, teams could designate free throw shooters, much like today's team may select a shooter for a technical foul. Fees' 17 for 21 free throw shooting performance against George Washington on Jan. 17, 1917 was a record which stood for 75 years as the most free throw points ever scored by a Georgetown player. In his senior season, he missed only 17 of 140 free throw attempts, a percentage record that stood until 1978. It is altogether likely that Fees is the most accurate free throw shooter in Georgetown history, only that the statistics for free throws attempted remain incomplete over his first two seasons.
Fees led the 1917-1918 Hilltoppers with 201 points over 11 games, an average of 18.3 points per game. Fees' 1963 obituary claimed that he led the nation in scoring, and one prominent historian of the early game, Alexander Weyand, noted Fees' national standing as well. The average was a marvel for the early era of the game, and the 18.3 average stood as a Georgetown single season record for 49 years.
Despite the accolades, Fees was not selected to the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame in 1958, most likely because the early organizers of the Hall were unfamiliar with his accomplishments. Fees returned to Carrolltown after law school, becoming an lawyer and district attorney in Cambria County, PA.
Fred Fees graduated with a career average of 16.8 points per game. Eighty seven years later, only five Georgetown players have ever matched it.