Freeman picks Baylor

Allerik Freeman, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, made a verbal pledge to Baylor on Tuesday.

The top available guard – Allerik Freeman – ended his recruitment on Tuesday.

Freeman,'s No. 62 prospect in the 2013 class, originally signed with UCLA, but opened up his recruitment three weeks ago. Scott Drew and Baylor used their prior relationship to help reel in the talented guard.

"They were the first school to ever offer me back in the 9th grade going into my 10th grade year," Freeman said. "I had a great relationship with them and with them being the first school to offer I had a genuine relationship with them."

"I've known them for the longest," he added. "They have a great team. They have great pieces and a great team coming back. I feel like they have a chance to do something special. With the addition of me, I think we can be really great."

A number of schools, including Minnesota and Xavier, pursued Freeman after he decommitted from UCLA. In the end, Freeman said it came down to his familiarity with the Baylor staff.

"A lot of schools came after me very hard, but I just took my time and tried to build a relationship with the coaches as much as I can," Freeman said. "I felt very comfortable with them."

"I love Scott Drew," he said. "I love him as a person and I love him as a coach. He gives his players confidence to go out there and make plays, particularly his guards. If you look back he's had Tweety Carter and Pierre Jackson. He lets his guards play."

Freeman is the third top 100 recruit to pick Baylor in the 2013 class. Ishmail Wainright and Dominic Woodson are also ranked among the top 100 players in the country.

Baylor also signed Junior College guard Kenny Cherry and 6-foot-9 big man Jonathan Motley.

Scout Hoops Top Stories