Freeman lists Louisville in his top two

<b>FORT WAYNE, IN</b> - Illinois Fire point guard Tony Freeman lists Louisville as one of the top two schools on his current list and spoke with us over the weekend about his two favorites.

Tony Freeman came up big in Fort Wayne over the weekend.

The 5-foot-11 combo guard from Chicago, Illinois led the Illinois Fire to the title at the Spiece Run n' Slam and drained the game winning three with time expiring against Greg Oden and Spiece Indy Heat in the semifinals.

Freeman played well the entire weekend and there's no doubt about what he does best: Score. He's got three point range, can knock down the midrange pull-up and can put points on the board just about any way you can imagine.

On Saturday, Freeman said that Tom Crean's Marquette program was his current leader, followed closely behind by future Big East rival, Louisville. Wake Forest, Notre Dame and DePaul round out Freeman's top five.

Freeman, who plays at the same school as former Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas (St. Joseph's), claims offers from both Marquette and the hometown Blue Demons.

During the April contact period, both Crean and Pitino ventured to St. Joseph's to meet with the talented guard and introduce their outstanding programs in person.

Pitino, who visited right before the Kingwood Classic in late April, impressed Freeman with his coaching pedigree and past success of helping players reach the next level.

"It went real good," Freeman said of his meeting with Pitino. "He talked a lot about how he could improve my skills and get me ready for the NBA."

However, his visit with Crean went a little better and made a more favorable impression on the younster from Westchester, Illinois.

"Coach Crean stressed academics a little more and that's very important to me," Freeman explained. "That's why I like them the most."

Freeman said he'll make an unofficial visit to Milwaukee this month, followed by an official visit in June. He also plans to officially visit Louisville either this month or next and plans to check out Wake Forest some time this summer, too.

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