Leon Freeman Opts Prep Route

Leon Freeman was all set to go the junior college route and attend Schoolcraft near his home in Michigan. However, after giving it more thought, he decided to give prep school a try so he could maintain his four years of college eligibility.

Leon Freeman realizes that if he performed as well as he did on the court in the classroom, he'd be on a college campus right now preparing for his freshman season. Maybe it would be Michigan State or Illinois – or even Memphis.

However, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound shooting guard is now at Light of World Christian Academy in Atlanta – and he doesn't blame anyone but himself.

Freeman, who averaged 23.2 points and 9 boards last season at Belleville High (Mich.), was all set to go to Schoolcraft Junior College in Michigan. But then he changed his mind.

``I just messed up," Freeman said. "Then I didn't know what to do. I was going to go to a junior college, but then I decided it was better to go to a prep school for a year so I would still have four years left at a university."

Freeman is a guy who doesn't have a glaring weakness. He gets to the basket with his quickness and strength, can defend and doesn't force a lot on the offensive end. The one area where he may need to work on is the consistency on his perimeter shot.

``Right now I'm really just focusing on the classroom," Freeman said.

Freeman, who turns 19 in January, said that he hasn't received much interest of late – but the schools he likes at this point are Memphis, Louisville and Illinois.

``He's a great athlete who has enormous potential," Light of World coach Mack Cleveland said. "He's got to understand what it takes on and off the court."

``He definitely has a chance to play beyond Division 1 basketball," added Cleveland. "He just to stay focused and listen."


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