Commitment Analysis: Allerik Freeman

We get more in-depth in breaking down the game of UCLA's most recent commitment...

Prospect: Allerik Freeman
High School: Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
Height/Weight: 6-3, 205
Position: SG/PG
2013 National Ranking: #57

Strengths

If there's one area that Freeman excels is his scoring. This summer, Freeman looked for his shot much more than he had in the past. He's an OK shooter out to the three-point line (37.9-percent from three on 90 attempts in the Nike EYBL), but has developed his ability to go off the bounce and create his own scoring opportunities. He's turned himself into a pretty good shooter from 15 to 18 feet. On the Boo Williams travel team, Freeman played off the ball full time, which was different than we'd seen from him in the past. His mentality was to score and put up points. While his percentages were down in the EYBL, it's something that I know he is capable of. Some additional strengths are his ability to handle the ball, court vision and his ability to play through contact. He's a pretty skilled prospect that handles the ball well in traffic. His passing is certainly above average, when he channels his creating mentality. Freeman also possesses nice strength and a solid overall frame that allows him to hold up physically and finish well around the basket.

Weaknesses

During and prior to Freeman's junior year of high school he spent time playing both on and off the ball. That changed more this past summer, where he looked for his shot much more. I thought he had a lot of value as a true combination guard and possibly devalued his potential as he utilized his point guard skills less. He handles the ball well enough and is a good enough of passer where he was effective in that type of role. At times this spring and summer he got a little shot-happy. If he develops patience and gets better looks he will be a much more efficient scorer. At times, Freeman has turned into a bit of a volume shooter from three. With repetition, I think Freeman will improve as a long–range shooter. He's just a decent athlete, and could possibly struggle to defend smaller, opposing point guards. He matches up better defensively and athletically against players his size.

Position

As discussed above, this past summer Freeman focused on playing strictly off the ball and scoring this summer. But he has quite a bit of value in being able to play a couple of different positions. It'll be intriguing to see how Findlay Prep chooses to use him this year. He'll likely spend majority of his time off the ball, but it wouldn't surprise us to see him slide over and handle some point guard duties.

Overall

Freeman is a solid prospect. He had some heavy interest early on, but narrowed it down to a few schools. Once the dust settled, UCLA was the one showing the most interest and that led to a commitment. I thought he showed this spring and summer that he can score, and you can probably expect that to be his primary contribution at UCLA.


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