Following an official visit at DePaul University in Chicago this weekend, Tony Freeland will give his signature to DePaul Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright. Freeland joins Mineral Area Community College guard Mike Stovall and Ohio State transfer Eric Wallace in DePaul's recruiting class for 2009.
Freeland, his mother, and I-Can All-Stars coach Rock Johnson were on DePaul's campus and took in Friday night's exhibition win over the Lewis University Flyers. Freeland is the second member of the I-Can All-Stars to choose DePaul. Current DePaul freshman Krys Faber also played AAU ball for Johnson.
Freeland chose DePaul over interest from Iowa State, Boise State, Oregon and Washington.
Tony is ranked the ninth best power forward on the west coast in the Class of 2009, by Scout.com's Greg Hicks. He has built a reputation as an athletic leaper, a solid rebounder, a guy who attacks the basket, and a tough defender.
"He is tough and tenacious on both ends," said Johnson. "He brings a different type of demeanor on the floor. That is what is really going to help DePaul out in a big way."
"His defense is great," Rock added. "He‘s going to give you 110%. He's one of the rarest and toughest kids I've seen in a long time. Offensively, he's going to be very aggressive and attack. Defensively, he's going to defend anybody. If you've got a big guard, he'll hold and lock that person. If you have a 6-9 power forward, he'll defend that person as well. He has excellent leaping ability."
Johnson believes that Freeland is a good fit for DePaul and the Big East conference. "Tony Freeland can fit in and be comfortable with DePaul's style of play. Because of the toughness, attitude and the mentality of the Big East, it's a great opportunity for him."
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