Freeman Nearing A Decision?

Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha shooting guard Austin Freeman is ready for the basketball season to begin. He is already growing tired of the recruiting process and is looking forward to taking the court again so he can just play the game.

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    "Recruiting is going good, but I'm ready to play ball," Austin Freeman told Pack Pride. "We've had some informal workouts... pickup games, stuff like that. We start practice November 8th. I think we'll have a good team this year."

    Freeman emerged this summer as a legitimate scoring option for D.C. Assault, one of the strongest teams on the AAU circuit. Considered a five-star prospect by, the nation's No. 24 player thought his summer play really helped his recruitment.

    "I played pretty well this summer," Freeman said. "We played against some of the top competition. It was fun playing with Mike [Beasley], Nolan [Smith], and Julian [Vaughn]."

    "It helped with recruiting because Maryland, Georgetown, NC State, Ohio State, Miami, Kansas, Connecticut, Syracuse, Illinois, and Notre Dame are all after me," he added. "They all have offered. Maryland, Georgetown, Syracuse, Miami, Notre Dame, and NC State are probably my top schools."

    Both local colleges recently received a visit from Freeman.

    "I went to Georgetown's Midnight Madness," he said. "I like how the fans support their team, and I like the coaches.

    "I was at Maryland this week for a practice. I like coach Williams a lot. He's a good coach."

    Freeman is getting so tired of the recruiting questions that he has already set a timetable to make a decision.

    "I think I will be ready to decide after taking my visits to NC State and Notre Dame," Freeman said. "I'm going with my parents to NC State this weekend, and next weekend I'm going with my coach to Notre Dame. I may announce when Nigel [Munson] signs his letter. I might just do it at school then... it is going to be in November."

    What does Freeman like about NC State and Notre Dame?

    "I'm excited that I'm going to NC State," he said. "I've talked to coach Sendek, and I'm ready to see their game on Saturday. I like their style of play, they produce good players, and the school is good overall."

    "Coach Brey went to DeMatha, so we have that connection," Freeman added. "He's a good coach."

    Making an early decision is what Freeman feels he needs to do so he can focus on his final two seasons at DeMatha.

    "I won't have any distractions during the season," he said. "I will just be able to play basketball and not worry about it."

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