Scarlet Knights Land Top JUCO Target

Rutgers landed a huge verbal commitment Monday morning from Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College wing DeShawn Freeman. Freeman announced his decision via social media, and his head coach explained what the Scarlet Knights are getting with his commitment.

Speed, size and power join the Rutgers program via 6-foot-7 wing DeShawn Freeman and his Monday verbal commitment to Eddie Jordan.

Freeman was a long-time top junior college target for Rutgers, and he finalized his decision with schools like Virginia Tech still pushing hard for his services.

"I'm happy for him," said Hutchinson head coach Steve Eck. "That's a good conference, and Rutgers is a good school. ... They call him Shoes [assistant coach Greg Vetrone], and he was in here a lot. I liked him. DeShawn did too."

Freeman averaged 19.2 points per game and 9.55 rebounds as a sophomore for Hutch, and brings an impressive physicality to Rutgers. Jordan adds freeman and Jonathan Laurent with the need to replace both Junior Etou and Malick Kone at the wing and Kadeem Jack in the paint.

"He got banged around all of the time," Eck said on his toughness. "He was our top scorer and, as a freshman, he was our second scorer. He's used to getting banged around, but obviously the Big Ten is a step up from junior college."

Foreman is a projected starter for Rutgers in 2015-16, and brings a mix of skill and leadership to the locker room.

"For his size, he gets a lot of rebounds," Eck said. "He's tough. ... He's a winner. He hates to lose.

"... He was great in the locker room. If one of the freshmen didn't do the right thing, or DeShawn felt he wasn't concentrating or something, DeShawn would be the one to get on him, in a good way."


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