Freeland Talks About Decision

Southern California forward Tony Freeland is excited about signing his letter of intent today. In this report, the 6-6 forward talks about his decision.

Tony Freeland started his day by sharing his decision to attend DePaul University in Chicago next season with his schoolmates. "I'm excited and proud," Freeland said. "They had a ceremony at the beginning of school today."

Freeland was glad to have his decision behind him on this first day of the early signing period. "I chose DePaul because it's a great academic school and I feel like I can contribute to the team right away," Tony said.

Tony chose DePaul after taking an official visit to the school's Lincoln Park campus last weekend. He got reacquainted with DePaul freshman Krys Faber, who is also from L.A. and got along great with DePaul senior Matija Poscic. "I liked the assistant coaches and the players," Freeland said. "I felt just like I was at home, like I was in L.A. or Fremont."

It wasn't exactly like L.A. as the cold autumn wind was blowing on Lake Michigan, but Freeland felt welcome at DePaul. He especially liked the academic support that the school offers. "They had me in the classrooms. They have a lot of counselors who can help me."

Freeland, who was invited to the prestigious Reebok All-American camp this summer, also chose DePaul for the brand of basketball played there. "The Big East is the best conference to be in," said Tony. "They play hard, every kid plays hard. You've got to bring it every night. They're in the Big East, that's why I chose them."

Rock Johnson, Freeland's AAU coach with the I-Can All-Stars, feels that the Blue Demons found themselves a winner. "He's very relentless," Rock said. "He's the kind of cat that can help DePaul get over the hump. I've got 10 freshmen in Division I ball right now, but I've never had a guy like Tony ever."

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