Big man gaining more interest

South Kent center Isaac Freeman has seen a spike in recruiting interest recently.

At South Kent (CT) School, 7-footer Isaac Freeman has opened some eyes this year. Freeman has had a big year for head coach Kelvin Jefferson, and with his improvement, he is garnering attention from the high-major level as well as some upper mid-major teams.

"Isaac has improved tremendously since he got here," said Jefferson. "He's really done a good job of spending time in the weight room and getting stronger. That was one of the main things for him, and he has done a good job with that."

Always a solid defensive player, Jefferson now says that his offense is beginning to catch up with his defense.

"On the court he has worked hard and established himself as a defensive presence rebounding and blocking shots," explained Jefferson. "His offense has lagged far behind his defense, but now he has a reliable jump hook with either hand and has continued to develop on the offensive end."

Recruiting wise several schools are beginning to make Freeman a priority as South Kent's season begins to wind down.

"Missouri, Drexel, Massachusetts, and Central Florida have shown the most interest," Jefferson explained. "Oklahoma, Providence, and Duquesne have also asked about him."

The next step for Freeman is to make some visits to check out the schools, and Jefferson thinks some of them will happen soon.

"Right now we are about to head into spring break, and it is a good time to get visits out of the way," said Jefferson. "It is going to be hard given that schools are in their conference and post season tournaments. We want him to make some visits now and spend time with the teams and the coaches, and hopefully in the next month or two make a decision."

According to Jefferson nothing has been set up in terms of making trips, but they are in the process of working out dates to do so.

"No visits are set up right now," said Jefferson. "We are working with Missouri, UMass, and Drexel to find dates, but the timing is hard right now because of all the tournaments on our end and there."

At the moment Freeman is still raw on the offense end and working to refine his game, but Jefferson feels whatever school lands him is getting a guy who has a chance to be an excellent player on the interior.

"I think with him being 7-foot-1, his ability to run the floor, and catch the ball, I think he could really be a presence for a lot of teams," said Jefferson. "He blocks shots with either hand and he isn't afraid to rebound. Once the offense catches up to the defense he has a chance to give a team a presence in the middle."

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