DePaul in Pursuit of Center

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell is seeking a big man for the spring signing period and is in pursuit of a center to add to his 2012 recruiting class. Learn more about this seven footer in this report.

DePaul has been lacking a strong inside presence much of this season. With starting center Krys Faber graduating in the spring, DePaul has an even greater need to address at the center position for 2012.

Faber currently logs 26.3 minutes per game at the pivot for the Blue Demons. He averages 6.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Right now the starting center spot is up for grabs for 2012.

One big man prospect that the Blue Demons would like to sign in the spring is Issac Freeman. Freeman is a 7-1, 225 lb. center who is in his postgraduate year at South Kent School in Connecticut. Freeman originally hails from Osbourn High School in Manassas, Virginia.

As a senior at Osbourn, Freeman averaged 14.9 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks per game. He was named District Player of the Year after leading Osbourn to a 24-3 record and advancing to the state semifinals.

Freeman decided to go to South Kent to work on both books and basketball. He's learning both on and off the court at South Kent.

"I'm getting stronger," said Freeman. "I'm getting bigger. I'm learning new things about post defense and post offense. I'm learning skills that I didn't have before. I can shoot the ball better than I could last year. I'm actually learning a lot here at South Kent."

Freeman has the type of game that would fit in well with Oliver Purnell's frenetic pace at DePaul and would give the Blue Demons a defensive presence inside that they currently lack.

"I block shots," said Isaac. "I wait till the player has released the ball to go get the ball. I'm not as strong as most big men, but I use my speed to my advantage and I get around big men and I get the ball that way. As for defense, I help a lot. There's a wide range of where I can be at on the floor on defense."

Among the schools recruiting Freeman are Clemson, DePaul, Fordham, Massachusetts, Missouri State, and Texas.

DePaul is among the schools that Freeman would like to take an official visit to in the coming months.

"I'm looking to take visits in January and February and making my decision in March," said Freeman.

Freeman continues to hear often from the DePaul coaching staff who have been out east to evaluate the seven footer.

"DePaul says that they need me real bad," said Isaac. "They said that they need a big man inside. With their program, they said that they play very fast paced and once they get it, they run and gun."

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