CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The biggest drawback for Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei guard Spencer Freedman is that he's already 18 (he spent a year homeschooling before his Bar Mitzvah in Israel), and at 6-foot, 160 pounds, there's a definite concern that he won't grow much more. That aside, Freedman has some of the best court vision I've ever seen, and not just with the eyes in the front of his head. Freedman has an advanced feel for the players around him, which was all the more remarkable during the Elite 100 because he was playing with players he's never seen before.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1684831-spencer-freedman-t... Freedman had 12 assists in the opening afternoon of the Elite 100, and could have easily had 17, if some open looks had resulted in baskets rather than misses. There isn't a spot on the court where Freedman looks uncomfortable, and whether he's spinning a pass behind his head in the paint, bouncing one behind his back under the basket or finding a shooter in the corner, his passes are all on-time, and put his teammates in good shooting positions, and there's not much more you can ask from a pure point.
The only other drawback on Freedman, other than size, at least in this event, was that I didn't see a whole lot of defensive intensity out of him. He closed out on shooters on the perimeter, but other than that, he was very quiet on the defensive end, although he did pull down a few notable rebounds. I'd like to see him become a more tenacious on-ball defender, because he shows enough energy as a passer to indicate that he can bring that same energy to other fundamental areas of the game.
Freedman, at this point, I think, is a wait-and-see for several high-major programs, though he already has a scholarship offer from USC. With a 4.3 GPA, Freedman can write his ticket anywhere. At the moment, his offers from the Trojans, UCSB, Rice and Cal State Northridge feel about right. If he grows another inch or two and becomes more diligent on the defensive side of the ball, expect more Pac-12 schools to come calling.