Top Junior To The Big East

Austin Freeman used the first day of the signing period for seniors to become yet another in a growing contingent of juniors to make a decision.

The Georgetown Hoyas reached out in the local community and kept one of their own home. Austin Freeman, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who occupies the No. 24 slot in's latest junior rankings, committed to Georgetown on Wednesday afternoon.

Freeman, the 6th-highest rated wing guard in the junior class, had been strongly considering Georgetown, North Carolina State, Maryland and Notre Dame.

The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic is a good enough basketball player that he could legitimately play for anyone in the country. Blessed with a strong hoops IQ, a versatile game and a steady shot, Freeman is a strong high-major recruit.

"A kid like Austin, he doesn't need a particular school," Freeman's AAU coach Curtis Malone of D.C. Assault said. "He does what all the coaches need at every school and that's put the ball in the basket. He can really score."

Georgetown, which flexed its muscle on the recruiting trail this fall as it scored the nation's No. 13 recruiting class. Vernon Macklin, DaJuan Summers and Jeremiah Rivers are on board for this season and Freeman's commitment gives them a little local muscle to sell to the next group.

"I guess this thing with Austin could show a lot of other kids from the area that they don't have to go away and leave for school when they could just go here," Malone said. "I mean with Maryland and Georgetown they have two good schools right here. With Georgetown getting a possible McDonald's All-American in Austin, it's a good thing for Georgetown."

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