It didn’t take new Washington head coach Mike Hopkins to dish out his first scholarship offer.
The Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei alum offered a scholarship to one of the West Coast’s top 2018 point guards on Monday night.
Spencer Freedman, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound point guard who happens to play for Mater Dei, is one of the nation’s top passers in 2018 and has the combination of vision, ball skills and shooting that you’re looking for from the position.
Freedman had previously earned offers from Harvard, Princeton, Cal State Northridge, Rice, UCSB and USC before Washington’s new head coach gave him a call.
“He called me today and I’ve talked to him before because he’s a Mater Dei grad,” Freedman said. “He talked to me about watching me play and enjoying it a lot and how he thought I could fit in and what his vision was. Then he told me he was offering me. It was pretty cool.”
Picking up the offer was a big moment for Freedman, who already has some feel for the Huskies program.
“There was definitely a sense of shock,” he said. “I was really surprised and didn’t see it coming. But I’m just grateful. It’s an unbelievable school and it’s incredible to have that opportunity to maybe go there.
“I’ve never been up there but I hear it’s a really nice campus and obviously, I know about the basketball history. I’ll definitely do research and find out a lot more about the school.”
Freedman says that he remains open in his recruitment. He’s an extremely high academic kid so choosing the right mix between basketball and academics will be key for him.
“I’m just seeing how everything goes and want to find the right fit for me,” Freedman said. “I think overall I just have to find the best fit between and athletics and academics.
“Some places will have better athletics and some places will have better academics and I just need to find the best combination of both.”