2005 Focus: Mike Freeman

Last year Mike Freeman was a role guy fighting for minutes on a loaded Montrose Christian club. This year he's the man at Hayfield High (Va.). <P>

Mike Freeman, a 6-8, 205-pound junior forward is averaging 20 points and eight boards at his new (actually, he started his career at Hayfield) school despite suffering a shoulder sprain earlier in the season that limited his effectiveness.

Freeman is versatile. The southpaw is more dangerous on the inside, but has also shown the ability to step out and knock down the mid-range jumper, although not as consistently as he'll need to in order to get scholarship offers from the big-timers. At one time a year ago, the Duke's and North Carolina's of the world were taking an early glimpse at Freeman, but it appears as though he won't end up going quite that high.

Freeman, who is extremely active on the glass, has slowly gotten used to becoming the go-to guy at Hayfield. He'll get a similar opportunity this summer with the DC Blue Devils.

``He's a good player and is going to get a chance to really show what he can do with us this year," DC Blue Devils boss Rob Jackson said. "He and Eric Price are our only juniors."

``What makes Mike so good is that he can do so many different things," added Jackson. "He can score with his back to the basket and also face-up. He's very skilled and I think a lot of that came from the tutelage he got at Montrose. The good thing for him now is that he's able to show those skills a lot more than he did at Montrose."

Freeman said that Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Georgia and Louisville have been the most active schools recruiting him while Maryland and North Carolina have shown very limited interest of late.

Oliver Purnell and the Tigers appear to be the most active school on his list.

``My main dream is to play in the ACC," Freeman said. "The school really doesn't matter all that much. I like North Carolina because of the tradition, but I really just want to play somewhere in the ACC."

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