Freeman: "I'm Excited About It"

Oak Hill Academy forward Lennard Freeman has already taken one official visit, and this weekend he is in Raleigh checking out the NC State Wolfpack.

Oak Hill Academy forward Lennard Freeman has already taken one official visit, and this weekend he is in Raleigh checking out the NC State Wolfpack.

"I'm excited about it," said Freeman, who arrived on campus Thursday night. "I've already been done once a few months ago when they played Florida State, but now I'll get to see even more.

"It was a Tuesday night the first time, and the fans really came out. It seemed like there was a lot of people at the game, and they were into it, going crazy. NC State plays a fast pace, and that's what I liked... that and the atmosphere."

Assistant coach Rob Moxley, who Freeman calls "a funny guy," is recruiting him for NC State. Freeman expanded on what else he likes about the Wolfpack.

"I like the location and it's in a city with a little country life, like Oak Hill," he said. "The program and the history is strong. Coach Gottfried is cool and the ACC is a big-time league. Plus, the fan support is crazy. People in D.C. were even talking to me about how I was going to be visiting NC State.

"Also, playing time is big at NC State. They have back just the 7-footer up front, and the only people coming in would be freshmen so we'd all have a chance to compete for a starting spot. Even if we don't start there should still be playing time so it's a good vibe."

Another factor for NC State is Freeman's close with Wolfpack signee BeeJay Anya. The two played together on the AAU circuit last spring with Team Takeover.

"We're real cool," said Freeman. "We feed off each other a lot. When we play together on the same team we try to go out and dominate the boards... help each other out."

Freeman has already taken an official visit to Seton Hall, and he says that he will visit Villanova next weekend and is scheduling a trip to UAB. He has one more trip left that he can take, but isn't sure if he will at this time.

However, that's still not the biggest decision Freeman has to make. He is contemplating re-classifying to the 2014 class and attending prep school.

"Really, I haven't made a final decision," he said. "It's 50-50 right now about what I'm going to do. I'm going to take all my visits first and then decide, but if I do go to prep school I've been looking at schools like new Hampton and IMG.

"I'm still young for my age... that's the big thing. I just turned 17, so if I re-classify I can get back with my actual class."

Freeman's role, and production, at Oak Hill increased as the season went on, and he believes that's only natural given it was a new environment for himself and a lot of his teammates.

"We all had to get used to playing with each other. We had to find our roles. Nate [Britt] went down with an injury early and I had to pick it up. We had a nice rotation going and later in the year my minutes increased so I started getting double-doubles.

"I'm not a flashy guy, I won't be doing all the highlight plays. I do the hard work, rebounding... the small things. I just go in and do the dirty work that helps teams win."

According to Freeman, he now checks in at 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds and is being recruited to play power forward by all of the schools under consideration.

He hopes to have a final decision in the next few weeks.

"I'm going to take all my visits and look at everyone. Then I'll make an announcement after telling the coaches."

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