New Zealand native picks up college interest
More and more college programs are mining the overseas market in search of prospects that could potentially help their program. One name that recently came across Scout.com’s desk is New Zealand native Matt Freeman, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward . Freeman currently goes to school at Westlake Boys High School. He plays for his high school, as well as for the New Zealand Breakers Academy. Freeman has also played for a number of New Zealand’s youth National Teams. “I’d probably best describe myself as a stretch four player,” Freeman told Scout when asked to describe his game. “I think of myself as a good shooter from the outside and my driving game to the hoop has gotten a lot better as well,” he added. “That’s a big strength to my game. Also I can take it inside as well.” Through four games in adidas Nations last year, Freeman averaged 11.8 points and five rebounds a game. In 2013 when he competed with New Zealand’s U16 team he went for 13.3 points and six boards a contest. Freeman participated in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in February and is slated to play for New Zealand in the three-on-three World Championships. Freeman said he’s also planning to play in adidas Nations in the United States in early August. A 2016 prospect, Freeman told Scout that he has intentions of playing college basketball in the U.S. “My number one goal is to get into a great Division 1 program and to ultimately play in the NBA,” he said. “A number of the colleges that are showing interest in me are in the PAC 12 and ACC but I would be interested in any program that I would fit into well.” Pittsburgh, who recruited Steven Adams from the same country, and LMU have been to New Zealand to evaluate him. “Just recently I had Notre Dame, which is a big school, [reach out],” Freeman said. “I’ve had Stanford and USC. A lot of these teams are just wanting to see me play before they arrange any visits.” “USC has said they want me to come visit around that time when I’m over there,” he added. “I know a lot of schools will want me to come visit when they see me play.” Freeman also cited interest from Wake Forest, Arizona State and California.