Freeman talks about Arizona offer

Arizona offered Charlotte Olympic High School combo guard Allerik Freeman on Tuesday night. Read on to see his reaction, where the wildcats stand, and more.

On August 25th, Charlotte Olympic High School combo-guard Allerik Freeman came out with a list of 11 schools that would remain in the running for his services. However, it appears that an offer from Arizona has pushed that list to 12, as the class of 2013's 19th-ranked player is happy to add the Wildcats to the schools he's still considering.

"It feels good to get an offer from Arizona," Freeman said. "It's a historical program from Lute Olson's time, and now coach (Sean) Miller is really getting it back to where it used to be and even more. It feels really good to be offered by that program.

"I have cut it down to 12 now with Arizona. I cut it to North Carolina, Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, Kansas, Kansas State, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina State, and Syracuse. I'm moving forward with the schools I have right now, but basically if anybody else comes along that is worth it, I'll take it from there."

Book Richardson is Arizona's lead recruiter for the 6-foot-4, 185-pound five-star prospect, and although the two are still forming a relationship, the UA assistant has made it clear to Freeman how he would fit in the program.

"Coach Richardson is recruiting me for Arizona," Freeman said. "We are building a relationship. He's very charismatic and he's a really cool guy. We're working on building a relationship.

Despite the late start in the recruitment, Freeman insists the Wildcats have a legitimate shot at landing him when its time to make a commitment.

"I don't have any favorites right now, not at this moment," Freeman said. "It's definitely not too late for Arizona at all. If it were too late I wouldn't even consider them. I definitely have interest in Arizona."

While the number four point guard in the class of 2013 only had limited exposure to Arizona this past season, he liked what he saw from the Wildcats.

"I didn't get to watch Arizona much because they play out on the West coast," Freeman said. "I did get a chance to see them play in the NCAA Tournament, and what I noticed was with the good players they had, they did what they had to do to win. They used their players well and got the most out of them."

For UA fans unfamiliar with his game, Freeman broke down what it is that makes him such a highly regarded prospect in the class of 2013.

"I can play either guard spot, although I play point guard in AAU and for my high school," Freeman said. "It doesn't matter to me because when I have the ball in my hands I can make a play for myself or others. I'm a scoring guard that's hard nosed and I play with a chip on my shoulder.

"I'm a big guard that rebounds, I like pushing the ball and I'm really good in the pick and roll game. I'm good at making plays for myself or others and I shoot the ball well. I shoot the ball well from three, but I prefer the midrange shot. I really like to play defense, but I would say my midrange game and my pick and roll game are my strengths."

As Freeman plans visits, he has a clear idea of the criteria by which he'll be evaluating his prospective schools.

"I will see how it is socially and I see how it is academically," Freeman said. "I talk to the players and see how it is to have the life of a basketball player at that program. I talk to the coaches and I watch them practice and see how I would fit it. The bottom line for me is, is it a place I can spend my four years at playing basketball and being a student."

With 12 schools currently with equal footing, Freeman believes he will cut his list down before too long and eventually make a decision no later than this time next year.

"I'll definitely make my decision before November 1st of my senior year," Freeman said. "I do plan on cutting my list down soon."

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