Freeman picks up interest, offers

Allerik Freeman is really starting to make an impact on the recruiting scene, and interest is really starting to pour in for the 2013 guard.

Coaches made their last visits they could of the spring, and many recruits garnered several new offers.

Allerik Freeman is no different.

"Monday, we had South Carolina, Georgetown, Kansas State, West Virginia, Xavier and Virginia come in," Freeman said. "Tuesday, we had Boston College, and Wednesday, we had Tennessee."

Of the schools that came to watch the talented guard workout, Xavier and Virginia offered, and according to Freeman, Baylor, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech had previously offered.

"I'm looking for a School that will push me and get me better," he said. "I would love to go to an academically prestigious school. … I would love to walk out of there with a good degree.

"If I'm at a school and coach ends up leaving, I want to feel comfortable still at the school, but you always want the coaches that got you there, to be there."

The next step in the process for Freeman is finishing out the AAU season with Nike Team Florida before cranking up his junior year.

"I'm just trying to get better and better myself for the next school season," he said. "I'm not worried about getting better for rankings or coaches. I'm just trying to get better each year for college."

Freeman and Olympic High (Charlotte, N.C.) finished the year 28-2, but a loss in the state playoffs left a sour taste in his mouth.

"My goal was to win a state championship, but we lost in the elite eight," he said. "What we did (this year) was great, but to not win the championship (next year) would be a letdown."

Freeman made the move from United Faith to Olympic before the season started, a move that allowed him to go to school closer to home.

"At United Faith, it was tough," he said. "I was learning to work hard, and I was playing behind someone. It taught me how to score efficiently, and I took that over to Olympic. Winning games is great, but getting better is the ultimate goal."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard has no true favorites but admits that Georgetown, Kansas State and Virginia Tech are recruiting him the hardest. Freeman also admits no visits are set in stone, but he plans to trip to a couple of campuses.

"I know I'm going back to Georgetown in the next few weeks," he said. "I know I'm going to Tennessee's elite camp and Wake Forest's elite camp (in June)."

Freeman also enjoyed some visits over the school year as well.

"I went to a football game at Virginia Tech and a football game at Clemson," he said. "And I went to a basketball game at Virginia Tech."

He also made a couple of trips down to Columbia, S.C., where South Carolina is steadily recruiting the combo guard.

"They recruit me, they come to my games, and I go down there to visit when they invite me to games," Freeman said. "I know I went to at least two basketball games.

"They talk to my high school coach (Ty Baumgardner) a lot. My coach only tells me what I'm going to do, and I just go along with it."

With Baumgardner's experience with sending players to play Division 1 basketball, he has the trust and faith of Freeman.

"He plays a big role in my recruiting process," Freeman said. "My school coach sees my process from a coaching output. Every time I have the opportunity to talk to him about what I should look for, I just take it and run with it. We talk about life outside of basketball as well."

Location doesn't play a factor is Freeman's recruitment as he's willing to go to a situation that best suits him, and he has an idea for when all of that should unfold.

"I plan on committing at the end of my junior year right after the AAU season," he said, "but I'm just taking the recruiting process for what it is."

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