Frease Keeping His College Options Open

Massillon (Ohio) Perry junior basketball prospect Kenny Frease told reporters at the Nike All-American Camp he has been an Ohio State fan for a while. But the glut of inside talent the Buckeyes have assembled has him keeping his college options open. Frease discussed his various college choices. Click here for more.

Massillon (Ohio) Perry junior Kenny Frease is in the Ohio contingent at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis.

The 6-11 Frease is considered one of Ohio's top five prospects in the Class of 2008, ranking No. 5 in Ohio High magazine. He has also risen to No. 22 nationally in that class, according to

Frease told reporters he is considering Xavier, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Miami (Fla.) and Ohio State.

He said he has offers from Xavier, Miami (Fla.), Dayton and Indiana.

Frease said he is keeping his options open. However, with the sudden glut of post players at Ohio State he seemed as if going to OSU would not be one of his primary options.

"I wanted to go there," he said. "But when Dallas Lauderdale and (Kosta) Koufos and B.J. Mullens all committed there, it was a real big help in the decision for that. They're still in the running. It just depends on how everything works out."

Frease was asked if the OSU coaches have discussed their plans.

"They haven't really said anything about it," he said. "They said if I went there I would play the five and Koufos would play the four."

Frease and Koufos are well acquainted. With Koufos at Canton GlenOak, they are Federal League rivals.

"Sometimes he talks to me about Ohio State," Frease said. "He talks about how we would play different positions."

Frease admitted he has been an Ohio State fan, though.

"When I was younger, I liked Notre Dame. I probably liked them until I was 10," he said. "But then I transformed into a stereotypical Ohio State fan. I love Ohio State. It's awesome. I love all the coaches there. I love the players who are going there, too. It's just that they all play my position and that's hard."

Frease is not close to finalizing his college choice, saying, "It will probably come next summer, probably in June or July."

By his own admission, Frease said his first Nike Camp experience has been a rough one as he goes up against a number of the nation's top senior post prospects.

"I'm not playing very good right now," Frease said. "I just have to start doing stuff quicker. I'm used to playing high school basketball where you can take two seconds to set up a move. I'm making that transition now where when I get the ball it's either a shot, a pass or a dribble. It's not looking around to see what's going on. You just have to do it."

Frease earned his Nike Camp invitation by playing well at the Nike Hoops Jamboree event for underclassmen last month in St. Louis. He discussed how he has improved over the last year.

"The biggest thing is strength," he said. "Last year, when I went to the Nike Hoops Jamboree it was like me playing against a bunch of 20-year-olds. It was a real big awakening for me. I was playing all right in high school. I wasn't getting pushed around. But then I went there and played against a bunch of kids and they were shoving me around. This year, I went there and I was able to hold my spot in the post."

Frease will finish the month playing with the C-Biz AAU team at the Kentucky Hoops Festival as well as the Las Vegas Big Time event.

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