bottom of the article - apparently we still have him on the radar
Jon Wallace is, Jon Wallace is someone that I trust. I trust him with the game, I trust him with the ball in his hands, I trust Jon Wallace. I want people like him around me. That is much more important than the type of basketball player he is. It has turned out that because of the type of person he is, he’s turned into a damn good basketball player.
Post by blueandgray on Dec 20, 2011 23:52:04 GMT -5
With Kansas getting a verbal from Greene, our chances just got a little better with Freeman. I'd be thrilled with either Freeman or Domingo as our replacement for Hollis and as a compliment to GW and Otto.
Post by DoctorHoya on Jun 15, 2012 15:05:22 GMT -5
Allerik Freeman is one of the top rated guards in the 2013 class, and the 6-foot-3 guard has weighed his options over the course of the past few months, settling on a choice of a final five recently. As the guard reiterated to Jason Jordan of ESPN, his list includes Kansas, Villanova, UCLA, Ohio State, and Duke (though he did tell Jordan that no visits had been scheduled).
The inclusion of Villanova and Ohio State make sense; both programs will need guard depth, and have available minutes in 2013-14. If Freeman were to pick the Buckeyes, Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith would be seniors, and while Amedeo Della Valle is the sole member of OSU's 2012 recruiting class, the guard is able to play on or off the ball. Villanova has more of a backcourt logjam: Ty Johnson is still an undergrad and will likely be the starter next season, and Ryan Arcidiacono should see plentiful minutes. Even with Johnson and Arcidiacono, Jay Wright is known for his penchant to utilize unconventional lineups; Villanova recently was included in the Harrison twins' final four list, and while Wright and staff could fancy a lineup of five guards, Freeman could alter his options if the backcourt duo commit to Villanova.
However, we are struggling to envision how Freeman would fit at the the other three schools. In recent weeks, UCLA has reportedly offered scholarships to several guards throughout the west coast, ranging from members in the 2013, '14, and '15 classes. After overlooking a true point in the program's last few cycles, Ben Howland and his staff have made point guard a clear recruiting priority. Prospects like Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Zach LaVine have been connected to UCLA, so would Freeman really consider a school that seems to lack a clear recruiting focus? Meanwhile, in Lawrence, Naadir Tharpe, Ben McLemore, and Anrio Adams will likely dot the backcourt when Freeman is eligible. Add the reported heavy interest in Anthony 'Cat' Barber, a 6-foot-2 guard who claims he is in regular contact with assistant Joe Dooley, and it is interesting if KU would have room for Freeman (or, if Bill Self and his staff foresee some roster turnover next season).
While Duke landed a guard in the 2012 class (Rasheed Sulaimon), the Blue Devils do have a need for a point. The ACC program is clearly attempting to bolster their backcourt with Sulaimon and Matt Jones, adding pieces that can create offensively through isolation, but we wonder if the coaching staff closely pursues Freeman. There has been reported interest in Shelton Mitchell, a 2014 guard who is following the tradition of players who break out during each offseason, and would coach Mike Krzyzewski truly go after points in consecutive classes?
Not to pick or call anyone out, but why was this updated. He cut us from consideration long ago...
it was updated because it is the first post mentioning his final list in this thread, other than a tweet and it is insightful. I always thought he was a terrific guard and I hope he has success. You act like no one has ever posted about a recruit after we've been cut.....must be true right?
2013 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champion Hoyas....for real this time
Post by HoyaSinceBirth on Sept 11, 2012 8:30:48 GMT -5
this was pretty surprising or not surprising if you think about it. Last I heard he was down to Kansas and Villanova. Of course I stopped following him after that. But then out of the blue he verbals to UCLA on his visit. Maybe UCLA is going for broke since the NCAA is on their tail.