Freeman piling up offers

6-4 shooting guard is cultivating interest from the country's top college programs

by Adam Zagoria October 21, 2011 9:53am ET
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Olympic High's (Charlotte, N.C.) shooting guard Allerik Freeman is the No. 24-ranked junior in the country by Rivals.

Allerik Freeman is piling up scholarship opportunities and Arizona is the latest to offer the 6-foot-4 guard from Charlotte (N.C.) Olympic High.

The Rivals' No. 11 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, Freeman now has a list of a dozen schools he is considering: Arizona, North Carolina, N.C. State, Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, Kansas, Kansas State, Florida, Texas, South Carolina and Memphis.

"Everybody's offered him except North Carolina," Olympic coach Ty Baumgardner told Fivestarbasketball.com.

Baumgardner said it was still early and there are no favorites.

"I don't think anybody's got an upper hand," he said.

"He is just taking everything in stride," he added. "He's really not worried about it right now. His main focus is getting ready for our season and trying to be as successful as we can be this upcoming season."

Baumgardner and Freeman visited Kansas and Kansas State last weekend.

"It was really good," the coach said. "We went to Kansas's 'Late Night' on Friday and then stayed there again Saturday and watched them work out. Then we went to Kansas State the following day.

"Coach [Bill] Self and coach [Frank] Martin were great, so I think he had a really enjoyable time of it. It's the first time he's been out to the Midwest."

Wherever Freeman goes, he could make a major impact.

"I think he is a big-time combo guard," Baumgardner said. "He's going to run the point for us. I think he will probably run the point in college, but he's starting to shoot it better and better all the time so he can play the two if need be.

"He's a strong kid. He gets to the basket when he wants. He's improving defensively and so I think eventually he's got a chance to be a lock-down defender.

"He has a very, very high basketball IQ. He thinks the game. He plays with great pace and control. He's our leader not just because he's our best player but because he's got such good leadership skills."

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