Wainwright announced today that freshman Tony Freeland is now enrolled at DePaul for the winter quarter and is available to play starting with Saturday's game against Detroit. The 6-6 forward from Fremont High School in Los Angeles practiced with the team for the first time on Thursday and Friday. Freeland sat out the fall quarter due to a delay with his admission from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
"We're excited to have Tony with us now and are looking to get him caught up as soon as possible," Wainwright said in a statement. "He'll bring depth to our roster not only in games, but also each day in practice."
Freeland averaged 21.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks during his senior season at Fremont. Tony was twice named a L.A. first team All-City honoree and was also co-MVP of the Coliseum League and a McDonald's All-American nominee.
With only two practices under his belt, Wainwright intends to play Freeland immediately.
"If he doesn't know where to go, wherever he goes, he's going to go hard," said Wainwright. "He's a really good athlete. He's got a chance to be a special defender. We'll get his feet wet right away. He's obviously not anywhere near game shape, but he's certainly near game attitude. He's got a great attitude. He competes. He'll play some Saturday."
With only 11 scholarship players, the Blue Demons will no doubt need what Freeland brings to the table.
"We're excited about having him," Jerry said. "His strength has been our weakness and that's rebounding. Naturally he's been a good rebounder."
Tony Freeland Immediately Eligible for DePaul
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