Tuesday, May 7, 2013
ESPN 100 guard Freeman picks Baylor
By Dave Telep
ESPN 100 guard Allerik Freeman (Charlotte, N.C./Findlay Prep) is no longer uncommitted. Freeman picked Baylor over Marquette, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Xavier and Miami on Tuesday and could have a position change in his future.
Freeman signed with UCLA last fall and initially decided to stay with the Bruins even after they fired Ben Howland and hired Steve Alford. However, in late April Freeman finally decided to ask for and received a release from his letter of intent with the Bruins and was back on the market.
ESPN 100 guard Allerik Freeman committed to Baylor on Tuesday, two weeks after receiving his release from UCLA.
Freeman recently visited Minnesota and Xavier, but Baylor jumped in and used a prior relationship to its advantage. As a sophomore, Freeman took an unofficial to Baylor, though he did not officially visit the Bears before making this final decision.
“Coach (Scott) Drew lets his players play,” Freeman said of why he chose the Bears.
Freeman also said Baylor came at him from the angle of playing the point guard position. According to Findlay head coach Todd Simon, most of the schools that recruited Freeman this time around kicked around the idea of giving him time at the point.
Two years ago at the Nike Elite 100 camp, Freeman planted the seed of playing some point. Since then has been evaluated as a shooting guard. He’s ranked the No. 72 overall prospect and No. 17 shooting guard in the Class of 2013.
In Waco, he’ll have his eyes set on making noise at a position he hasn’t played exclusively during his final two years of high school.
“They told me that I’ll have the opportunity to come in and play right away as a point guard,” Freeman said. “They have all the pieces around and they have great guards and big men with Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin. They wanted a guy to come in and run the team.”