Commitment Impact: F DeShawn Freeman

Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College forward DeShawn Freeman has two years left, and wants them to mean something. Freeman signed with Rutgers last week, where he could be the potential last piece in Eddie Jordan's 2015 recruiting puzzle.

Committed Over -- DeShawn Freeman committed to Rutgers over Virginia Tech with other offers including Arizona State and St. John’s.

Rated -- Freeman went unevaluated as a junior college prospect.

Scouting Report -- Kadeem Jack and Junior Etou were the most impactful forwards on last year’s roster, and Freeman brings splashes of both as the biggest late addition for coach Eddie Jordan.

At 6-foot-7, Freeman can play the three or four for Rutgers, where he likely steps directly into the starting rotation. Freeman brings all of the attributes Rutgers wants in a power forward. He can hit the mid-range shot, competes relentlessly for rebounds and uses his frame to create offense for others. Freeman brings the energy that Rutgers lacked at times during tough Big Ten games. Freeman displays strong hands at the rim, good footwork and defends with versatility. There is no need to worry about Freeman’s physicality when he bangs bodies with other big boys next season.

After two years at junior college, Freeman refined his game as a scorer, but there is room to grow before he does so at the Big Ten level. He is not as strong on the perimeter as either of his predecessors, but may not be asked to do that with other 2015 recruiting additions.

Recruiting Impact -- This impact goes beyond what makes a strong late addition for Rutgers. This was a recruiting battle for Jordan’s staff against other big-time schools where the Scarlet Knights truly earned a victory. Jordan and assistant coach Greg Vetrone out-worked other staffs for Freeman, who credited Rutgers’ relentlessness in comparison to other schools.

Freeman technically fills the final spot in the Rutgers recruiting class, but a potential late departure or non-academic qualifier has Pratt (Kansas) Community College forward Vladimir Brodziansky on his way home after an official visit. Brodziansky has three years of eligibility remaining.

Quotable -- “Coach Eddie Jordan and coach Shoes [Greg Vetrone] did the best job recruiting me,” Freeman said. “I’m not saying other schools didn’t do a good job, but they communicated with my mother. They came to my practices, my games. I just felt like me and the head coach had something.”

Final Thought -- Freeman’s commitment is equally significant to Corey Sanders last semester. Rutgers has what projects to be an instant starter at a position of need. Jordan, for the first time, truly beat out big-time competitors and an athletic post presence is his reward. Perhaps, this is when the plan comes together.

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