"It feels good to drafted. It's a big relief," Freije said. "I'm glad Miami picked me. I had one of my better workouts with them. I worked out with them twice.
"One of the things Miami had trouble with this year in the playoffs was outside shooting. Hopefully, I can go down there, make the team and contribute."
Freije, who plans to travel to Miami on Friday, becomes the 31st player in Vanderbilt history to be selected in the NBA Draft and the first since Dallas picked Dan Langhi in the second round in 2000.
A 6-9, 249-pound forward from Overland Park, Kansas, Freije ended his Vanderbilt career as the school's all-time leading scorer, amassing 1,891 points. He ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring last season with 18.4 points a contest while helping guide the Commodores to a 23-10 overall record and their first appearance in an NCAA Tournament regional semifinal since 1993.
Named an Honorable Mention All-American by Associated Press, Freije was a finalist for several national player of the year awards, including Naismith, Wooden and Rupp. Freije was a unanimous All-SEC First Team selection by the league's coaches, and was named a Senior CLASS First Team All-American as one of the top seniors in the nation.
Freije graduated from Vanderbilt in May with a degree in Economics.