Jordan: Freeman "Ready-Made" for Big Ten

Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan signed “a stud of a basketball player” last week in junior college forward DeShawn Freeman. With projections of immediate contribution for Freeman, Jordan spoke with Scout about what Rutgers gets in its new addition from Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College.

Eddie Jordan’s Rutgers does not lock players into specific roles, and his philosophy drew JUCO All-American DeShawn Freeman to the program.

The 6-foot-7 Freeman will not lock himself into a role as a three or four. His versatility makes him a dynamic threat in the eyes of the coaching staff.

“He’s a multi-positional guy,” Jordan said. “He can play either position, but his motor will allow him to play from the perimeter to the rim in a hurry. He’ll run the floor. He’s active in transition. He works the boards He’s a slasher, but he is just a stud of a basketball player.”

Freeman was a near double-double player during his sophomore year at Hutchinson.

Rutgers scouted him and recruited him more than any other school with replacement needs for starting forwards Kadeem Jack and Junior Etou.

“He is ready-made for this conference,” Jordan said. “He’s got multiple skills where he’s just a high-motor type guy with those type of skills. He still has to fit in with the structure and fit in with the way we want to play, but he’s got a great feel for the game.”

Freeman held a pre-existing relationship with Jordan from their AAU days at DC Assault. Freeman also grew up a Washington Wizards during the boom under Jordan and star guard Gilbert Arenas.

“There was a connection right from the beginning,” Jordan said. “He used to watch the Wizards play when I coached the Wizards, and that was his favorite team. That wasn’t a gimme because he liked the Wizards. We had to work. Greg Vetrone, coach Shoes, did his job. I met his mother. She was great. She believed in us. It was hard work. It wasn’t just because he liked the Wizards.”

Vetrone was the primary recruiter for Freeman, and also helped sign center Shaquille Doorson for last year’s recruiting class. In his second year at Rutgers, Vetrone is also the head recruiter for Vladimir Brodziansky, who has Rutgers in his final three after an official visit.

“He’s a veteran,” Jordan said on Vetrone. “He’s national. He’s international. He probably has more experience than anybody. He’s been at different levels, so he’s seen every part of college basketball.”

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