Tigers In The Running For 2012 Big Man

Missouri continues to recruit for their 2012 basketball class. ShowMeMizzou.com has the latest on a talented center prospect with a Tiger offer, and where things with his recruitment and Missouri is currently at.

In November, the Missouri Tigers signed five players for their 2012 signing class.  Another scholarship went to mid-year transfer Jabari Brown, who will be eligible to play for the Tigers following the completion of the 2012 fall semester.

Missouri continues to recruit for their 2012 class, and one player who reports a Missouri offer is 2012  center  Isaac Freeman  7'1"  225  South Kent (CT).

ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with South Kent Coach Kevin Jefferson about Freeman, and he updated us on the seven-footer's recruitment status.

According to Coach Jefferson, DePaul, Drexel, and UMass have offered Freeman, in addition to Missouri.   He's also drawn interest from Oklahoma, Providence, and Florida.

"He's a kid that people are going to be very interested in because of his potential,"  explained Coach Jefferson.

Coach Jefferson talked about Freeman's skillset.

"He's seven-one,"  said Coach Jefferson.  "Obviously, his defense right now is advanced beyond his offense.  He blocks shots.  He's got good hands.  He runs the court.  He's a very good athlete, and he rebounds his position very well.  Offensively, he can score in the paint with his back to the basket, with a left or right hand jump hook.  But, that's something that has to continue to develop, which (it) will.  I see his best days, just like most big men, are ahead of him.  The ceiling is very high for him, and he's got a chance to be a pretty good player."

Coach Jefferson said that Freeman plans to visit Missouri soon.

"We're trying to set it up,"  explained Coach Jefferson, who said that he last heard from the Missouri staff  "before the tournament".   "Now that they're finished playing, I'm sure that we'll pick those conversations back up."

"His best days are ahead of him,"  said Coach Jefferson, talking about Freeman.  "He's a kid down the road that people are going to be very, very surprised about.  He's got a lot of room on that frame for development, and to add some muscle.  Once he's able to really get a hold of a strength coach that can really monitor him, and spend time with him, he's really going to add to that frame."

"The nice thing about it is that he's not afraid to put that work in,"  said Coach Jefferson.


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