High-majors track German forward

A handful of high major schools are expressing in 6-foot-8 German forward Richard Freudenberg

German forward Richard Freudenberg is gaining steam among college coaches in the United States.

Freudenberg, a 2016 prospect that plays for Bayern Muenchen and goes to school at Luitpold Gymnasium, is entertaining college interest from Vanderbilt, St. John’s, Texas and Duke.

“I’m pretty sure that I’m going to come [to the United States],” Freudenberg told Scout. “I want to study and in Europe that isn’t possible and train at a high level. I love the American side of basketball so I’m pretty sure I want to go to the states.”

At 6-foot-8, Freudenberg is a smooth forward with a high skill level.

“I think I have a pretty good shot and because I’m forward, I think I’m taller at 6-8 [than most],” he said. “I think I’m versatile, so I can play shooting guard, small forward and sometimes power forward. I think I have a good understanding of the game.”

In 2013, Freudenberg played for Germany’s U16 National Team and will play for their U18 National Team this summer. Earlier this year, Freudenberg had a strong showing in the NIJT, as he led Bayern Muenchen in scoring with 14.3 points and eight rebounds a game.

According to Freudenberg, the next step in his development is continuing to improve his ball handling and man-to-man defense.

On the recruiting front, Freudenberg has already taken an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt.

“I went last summer,” he said. “It was not an official visit. I just walked through the campus and got some shots up.”

“I liked their coach, coach Stallings, and I liked their style of play,” Freudenberg added. “It’s fast with a lot of shooting in transition and I think the best shots come in transition, so I love that type of thing.”

Freudenberg also cited strong interest in Texas. Although he hasn’t set a date, he hopes to set up a visit to Austin (Tex.).

“Yeah I talked to them, but I don’t know when I can visit them right now,” he said. “We tried to set a date for when I can come to the states.”

“I like Texas because they have a new coach, coach Shaka Smart,” Freudenberg added. “I think he tries to play more like a team and not always just one on one. I like that because I think I can bring my understanding of the game to that.”

Although he hasn’t set a visit date with Texas, Freudenberg has set up a visit with St. John’s.

“I’m visiting St. John’s in August because I have family in Boston and we go there for vacation, so I’ll just go to New York for two or three days to visit St. John’s,” Freudenberg said.

“I like Chris Mullin because he’s also a great shooter,” he said. “I think he can teach guys like me how to create their own shots and how to use screens to get open. I like that.”

Freudenberg said he doesn’t have a timeframe on making a college decision and with a full year of high school left, he doesn’t appear to be in a rush.

“I’m just looking for the best situation for me.”

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