Baylor junior shooting guard Al Freeman declared his intention to transfer from Baylor University Tuesday afternoon. Freeman will graduate at the end of the spring semester and will be eligible to play immediately for his new school.
“Al has been a tremendous student-athlete and made great contributions to our program over the last four years, and we’re thrilled that he’s going to complete his degree at Baylor,” Drew said. “He’ll always be part of the Baylor family, and we’ll be rooting for him as he continues his career.”
A redshirt junior, Freeman missed his true freshman year after a broken wrist forced him to miss the first 8 weeks of the season. A 4-star recruit out of North Carolina, Freeman played his final year of high school at Findley Prep in Nevada. Originally a UCLA signee, Freeman was let out of his letter of intent after Ben Howland was relieved of coaching duties.
After his redshirt campaign, Freeman was a key reserve off the bench in 2014-15, scoring 4.8 points per game in 17 minutes of action. Freeman started all 34 games his sophomore year, finishing second on the team in scoring with 11.3 points per game and making 38.2% of his 3-pointers.
The top returner scorer for the Bears entering 2016-17, Freeman saw his numbers dip and his starting job lost after a 3-game suspension mid-season. However, he still averaged 9.5 points per game and shot 39.5% from 4-point range.
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A Charlotte, N.C., native, Freeman played in 99 games and made 57 starts during his Baylor career, totaling 848 points, 255 rebounds, 128 assists and 50 steals. He averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game, while shooting .373 (114-of-306) from 3-point range. His .814 (192-of-236) career free throw percentage is 10th-best in program history, and the .853 free throw percentage he posted as a sophomore in 2015-16 is Baylor’s sixth-best single-season total.
With the loss of Freeman, the Bears now have 1-spot left in the 2017 signing class. The expected loss of Johnathan Motley to the NBA draft would also result in another spot opening up. Baylor has just one signee for the 2017 class in 4-star power forward Tristan Clark. The Bears are still in the running for 5-star poitn guard Trevon Duval, who updated his recruitment with Scout's Josh Gershon during the McDonald's All-American practices earlier this week.
Baylor is expected to take a high school guard to finish out their recruiting class, and are also expected to be very active on the transfer market as well, perhaps looking at a graduate transfer to fit into their post rotation.