Freeman Recaps NC State Official Visit

Oak Hill Academy (VA) forward Lennard Freeman wasn't sure what to expect from his NC State official visit.

Oak Hill Academy (VA) forward Lennard Freeman wasn't sure what to expect from his NC State official visit.

"I had a good time," said Freeman. "I feel like the whole program was great... the coaches, the depth chart, the campus... I liked it all."

What was the highlight of the visit for Freeman?

"I think it was watching them work out and on film because I saw what they had and how I could help them," he responded. "It was the first time watching exclusively how the forwards played, and I looked at that and saw how I could fit in.

"We were watching film and I saw how at first they want to run and get their bigs out for easy baskets, and then they run sets for the posts... a lot of them. They even have some where they screen for their big men so they can get buckets that way too."

Freeman, a three-star forward who checks in at 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds, was hosted on his visit by Tyler Lewis and Ralston Turner.

"Both of them were real cool," said Freeman. "Tyler, he went to Oak Hill too so we talked about that, and he was telling me how much fun it is at NC State.

"Ralston, he transferred there from LSU and he was telling me how at LSU, basketball is basically the third wheel, but at NC State, basketball is it and the fans really support you."

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried gave his recruiting pitch to Freeman just before the talented prospect left campus.

"Our talk was good," said Freeman. "Coach Gottfried told me they wanted me, and they need me. He said that whenever I'm ready, call him and let's get it over with [laughing].

"We also talked some more about how I would fit in. They have a 7-foot-1 center coming back who can help them out inside in their system, but they need some other bigs that can play both inside and out. So, I know I fit their offense. We talked about that a lot, how I would fit."

Jordan Vandenberg is the only returning frontcourt scholarship player for NC State. They have signed two 2013 big men, BeeJay Anya and Kyle Washington, and Freeman is familiar with Anya as they played together last spring on the AAU circuit with Team Takeover.

"BeeJay is always talking to me about NC State," said Freeman. "Before I went on my visit, while I was on my visit, even after the visit, he's been talking to me. I can tell he wants me to go there with him.

"It's like that with all the schools. I have guys I'm cool with at Villanova, Pitt, Seton Hall... almost all of the schools I'm still looking at."

Freeman has now taken official visits to NC State and Seton Hall. While he doesn't have a firm leader he did say that one trip stood out.

"I don't really have a leader, but I would say that out of the two visits I've been on the NC State one was the best. I liked it a lot."

Next up for Freeman is trips to Villanova and UAB, and he hopes to set up a visit with either Pittsburgh or DePaul in the near future.

A player who could end up re-classifying to the 2014 class, Freeman has some decisions to make over the next few weeks.

"I'll probably decide after I take all five of my visits," he said. "If I choose to go to college, I'll commit to a school and sign, but if I decide I want to go to prep school I'll pick that out and start playing AAU basketball."


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