High-majors continue to track Freeman
In early May, Matt Freeman talked to Scout about his interest in coming to the United States to play college basketball. At that time, Freeman, a standout for Westlake Boys & the New Zealand Breakers Academy, had garnered interest from Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Arizona State, California and a few others. On Sunday in Colorado Springs at the USA Basketball Olympic training facility, Scout caught up with Freeman, who was in town training for the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships with his New Zealand teammates. Freeman said since the last update, college interest has picked up. “There’s been quite a few new schools,” Freeman said. “USC, Oklahoma recently, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and now Notre Dame is starting to show a lot of interest as well.” The plan is for those schools to track him in Las Vegas when he plays in the adidas Super 64 event with a team from New Zealand. Freeman will likely take some visits in August or even September. “Maybe I’ll do some [visits] after Nations, but I have a school break in September, so schools want me to come back at that time as well,” Freeman said. “I want to visit as many as I can,” he added. Who is recruiting Freeman the hardest? “The hardest is probably LMU, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma and Tennessee,” he said. “Notre Dame is a big school to me. When July comes I want to impress as many schools as I can.” Although he’s excited about the college interest, Freeman’s main focus is on his preparation for the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships. “It’s going pretty well,” he said when asked about his recent practices. “Once I adjusted to the altitude and everything, 6,000 feet is pretty hard on the lungs, I’ve been getting back into my game and playing to my strengths.” Freeman, a 2016 prospect that stands 6-foot-10, said his strength lies in his ability to stretch the floor and use his physical gifts. “For me it’s a lot of perimeter stretching the floor and being able to drive as a big man,” Freeman said. “I think what’s come from this camp, also using my length on defense and forcing offensive players to take bad shots.”
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