Tag:Allerik Freeman
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:47 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Five-star junior Al Freeman down to two: KU, Nova

By Jeff Borzello

In October, five-star junior Allerik Freeman “trimmed” his list to a top 12. After a couple quiet months on the recruiting front, Freeman cut his list on Thursday afternoon.

Freeman, ranked No. 14 in the class of 2013, is down to two: Villanova and Kansas.

“Great coaches, great programs,” Freeman told CBSSports.com. “They’re recruiting me the hardest and I feel the most comfortable with these two.”

Freeman is a strong 6-foot-4 guard from Olympic (N.C.) who improved drastically last spring and summer. He uses his body to score around the rim, and he’s a good playmaker with the pass or when running the break. Freeman also expanded his game to include a more consistent jump shot and 3-point shot.

Right now, ‘Nova and Kansas are neck and neck -- and he doesn't have plans to make a decision.

"I don't have a timetable," Freeman said. "Just whenever the time is right. 

“They are both even."

Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Allerik Freeman trimming list to nine

By Jeff Borzello

June was the key month for Allerik Freeman.

Prior to it, he was considering a prospect that could play at the high-major level. After big-time weekends at the Nike Elite 100 and NBPA Top 100 Camp, Freeman became one of the most sought-after players in the country.

An impressive July vaulted him to the No. 15 spot in the CBSSports.com Top 100.

“I feel like I’ve been getting better and I played more on the main stage this year,” Freeman said.

While he has always been able to use his strength and finishing ability to execute off the dribble, Freeman expanded his game in the past few months to make himself more dangerous.

“My pull-up three ball,” he said. “I’ve zoned in on my mid-range game, and just using my speed and size.”

In terms of recruiting, so many schools are pursuing Freeman that he barely remembers all of them.

He holds offers from North Carolina State, Miami (Fl.), Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Xavier, UNLV, Georgetown, Baylor, Oklahoma, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Memphis, Texas, Villanova and Wake Forest, while also hearing from North Carolina, Clemson, Marquette, DePaul, Florida State and Arizona.

With upwards of 30 schools vying for his services, Freeman is ready to start eliminating suitors.

“I’m cutting it to nine by August 25th,” he said.

Photo: VUHoops.com 

Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:08 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Northwestern gets pledge from Kale Abrahamson

By Jeff Borzello

Kale Abrahamson had plans to cut his list in the coming weeks. Instead, the 6-foot-7 wing decided to end his recruitment.

"I picked Northwestern because it fit everything about me," Abrahamson said. "Academically, socially and athletically, I feel like i have a chance to have a great experience."

He chose the Wildcats over Iowa, Stanford, Nebraska, Harvard and Creighton.

"It was just a combination of all the factors I was looking for," Abrahamson said. 

Abrahamson is Northwestern’s second commitment in the past week, as Minnesota guard Sanjay Lumpkin announced his pledge on Friday. The two join Alex Olah in the Wildcats’ 2012 class.

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Abrahamson is a very good shooter who has deep range and can get hot from the perimeter. His size enables him to be a matchup problem for smaller wings, and he knows how to use his body when it comes to finishing at the rim.

News and Notes: Anthony Bennett tweeted his final 10 schools earlier Tuesday: Kentucky, Connecticut, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Florida, Oregon, Missouri, UNLV, Ohio State and Washington . . . Isaiah Zierden committed to Creighton on Monday . . . Tulsa picked up a pledge from D’Andre Wright . . . Derek Willis tripped to Louisville on Monday, one day after decommitting from Purdue . . . Florida State guard Pierre Jordan will transfer to Georgia Tech, and will be eligible immediately . . . Kansas offered Allerik Freeman, a top-25 player in 2013 . . . Charles Smith committed to Lipscomb. 

Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:48 am
Edited on: August 1, 2011 1:49 am
 

Orlando AAU Wrapup: Top Performers, Notables


By Jeff Borzello

ORLANDO, Fla. – While Las Vegas gets more publicity for the events held there during the second July live period, the AAU Super Showcase and AAU Nationals have just as much talent and competition as the Sin City. Sure, it doesn’t have the Strip, but there are 12 air-conditioned courts in one area – as opposed to the constant driving and navigation of the Vegas deserts.

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This year, Orlando was even more loaded than usual. Some of the top U-17 teams were there for the Super Showcase, including Peach Jam champion BABC, EYBL regular-season champion Team Takeover, Peach Jam semifinalist Georgia Stars and the top-five Houston Defenders. Mitch McGary, Rodney Purvis, Robert Carter, Devonta Pollard, Gary Harris, Archie Goodwin and plenty more top-25 players were on hand as well. Both Florida Rams teams arrived for Nationals, as did CBC, Houston Hoops and the studs of Texas Pro. 2013 was well represented, with five-star prospects Nerlens Noel, the Harrison twins, Chris Walker, Troy Williams, Anthony Barber, Jonathan Williams III, Brannen Greene and Isaiah Hicks present in Florida.

At the Super Showcase, the surprise was the semifinal run made by Hoop Heaven Heat Elite, an under-the-radar team from New Jersey headlined by Alabama-commit Jaren Sina. BABC ended their run in the semifinals, while the Houston Defenders bounced Team Takeover on the other side of the bracket. In the title game, BABC couldn’t create offense from its defense and the Defenders ended BABC’s string of dominance in convincing fashion. The AAU Nationals will go until the end of the month, but many coaches, scouts and players are checking out early. While there are still great games happening, it wasn’t hard to see that nearly everyone was hitting a wall. With that said, here’s a look at who impressed at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World this week.

Top Performers

Andrew Harrison, Houston Defenders: With a game that reminds some of Dwyane Wade, Harrison is unarguably the best guard in the country – regardless of class. He is impossible to stay in front of because of quickness and handle, and his 6-foot-5 size makes him a matchup nightmare. 

Aaron Harrison, Houston Defenders: While his twin brother is the point guard, Aaron is the scorer. He has tremendous range on his jumper, and is good enough to knock down several in a row. Harrison also finishes well at the rim.

Georges Niang, BABC: He won’t impress you with his size, athleticism or length, but the Iowa State-bound Niang is simply productive. He is not afraid to do the dirty work inside, and will bang with anyone. No matter the opponent, Niang gets the job done.

Danuel House, Texas Pro: Teammate Isaiah Austin is the higher-profile player, but House stood out in Orlando. The wing is strong, athletic and really knows how to finish in the lane. If he tightens his handle, he’s going to be tough to guard.

Alex Poythress, Georgia Stars: Poythress has been talking about becoming more of a small forward, and he showed off his expanded game in Orlando. He knocked down 3-pointers consistently and was still his usual active self around the rim.

Jake Layman, BABC: Layman (right) has broken out as much as anyone the past few weeks, with some saying he’s a future pro. The King Phillip (Mass.) product is very long and skilled on the wing, but is athletic and quick enough to guard any perimeter position.

Jaren Sina, Hoop Heaven Heat Elite: Someone has to get credit for leading Hoop Heaven to the semifinals of the Super Showcase, and the Alabama-bound Sina gets the nod. He is a strong and savvy guard who can get to the rim and knock down outside shots. Sina is also a very good passer.

Marc Loving, All-Ohio Red 16s: Some people have soured on Loving in recent months, but he was outstanding when we saw him. Loving is tough to guard due to his ability to hit from the perimeter or take defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim.

Tyler Cavanaugh, Albany City Rocks: With DaJuan Coleman not in attendance, the onus fell to Cavanaugh to carry the City Rocks – and he came through. He carved out areas in the post to make plays, and was also able to stretch the defense with outside shots.

Kasey Hill, Florida Rams Black: Hill continues to get better and better at each event. He has improved his ball-handling ability, enabling him to stay under control more consistently. His passing is also eye-opening, especially in transition.

Other Notables: Jaylen Brantley isn’t a pure point guard and isn’t big enough for the two, but he is a lights-out shooter and doesn’t make mistakes . . . Fred Van Vleet (right) continues to impress onlookers and opponents – Wichita State got a steal . . . Kethan Savage of Team Takeover showed his usual driving ability, but also knocked down outside shots . . . 2013 stud Nick King is a very difficult matchup for most opponents due to his versatile skill set . . . Overshadowed by Chris McCullough at Salisbury School (Conn.), Samuel Dingba is becoming a touted prospect in his own right . . . Tony Farmer has all the physical tools; he just needs more consistent effort . . . Watching Florida Rams wing Chris Davenport for the first time, it was clear he had talent – no surprise SEC and ACC teams are on him . . . Dillon Graham is tougher than he looks; he had no problem attacking the rim in traffic . . . Buoyed by a big-time spring performance, Jerome Hairston is still tough to stop off penetration . . . Playing off the ball with Marcus Paige at the point, Mike Gessell still made plays off the dribble and from behind the arc . . . A name to remember continues to be Landry Nnoko – he is a big-time rebounder and shot-blocker who is developing . . . Allerik Freeman has a great offensive game, with the ability to score at the rim against bigger plays . . . Dartmouth-commit Alex Mitola doesn’t have a pretty shot, but he has deep range . . . Shaq Cleare never backed down from Nerlens Noel, going at his chest from the get-go . . . Chicken Knowles is a future matchup nightmare if he keeps developing his outside shot . . . Archie Goodwin might be the best scoring guard in the country . . . I haven’t seen anyone catch alley-oops with the explosiveness of Derrick Griffin in a long time . . . Another impressive Florida Rams Black player was Dallas Moore, who simply knows how to knock down shots . . . In the past, Wake Forest-commit Andre Washington has been underwhelming, but he was active at both ends in Orlando . . . Moses Kingsley isn’t there offensively, but his length and athleticism make him a presence defensively and on the glass . . . Darryl Hicks gets it done offensively – he has great 3-point shooting ability and is getting stronger  . . . Hoop Heaven Heat Elite’s Chris Jenkins sent coaches and scouts scurrying for the roster books after hitting at least six 3-pointers against BABC . . . Desmond Ringer is going to be one of the best big men in 2013, given his productivity in the paint. He has a good body and overpowers most defenders . . . Dominic Woodson is a name that made its way around Orlando throughout the week – the big man is on the rise in 2013.

Photos: ESPN (Aaron Harrison), Sun-Chronicle (Jake Layman), Northern Star (Fred Van Vleet)

Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 11:12 am
 

Notebook: J-Mychal Reese discusses package deal



By Jeff Borzello

A father-son relationship being important in college basketball recruiting is nothing new. College coaches constantly need to win over parents in order to get a commitment from their son.

For J-Mychal Reese, it’s different. As our own Jeff Goodman reported earlier this month, John Reese, J-Mychal’s father and a high school coach in Texas, has three job offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and LSU.

The common thought is that Reese might go wherever his father goes -- if his father goes anywhere.

“I’ll look at the school, but it won’t affect my decision,” Reese said last week. “He doesn’t want me to go where he goes, but I think it would be difficult to go to a different school in the Big 12 [than my father].”

Reese, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bryan, Texas, is hearing from Louisville, Kansas, Oregon, Texas Tech, Providence, Georgia Tech -- and Texas A&M and LSU.

He plans on visiting Louisville, Kansas and Oregon in the near future.

“Somewhere I can go in and play,” Reese said of the factors in his decision. “And style of play.”

It seems as if his father’s destination could play a role, as well.

Landen Lucas ready to cut his list

With dozens of schools in pursuit, Landen Lucas is ready to cut his list after the July live period. Until then, don’t expect much movement in the recruiting process from him.

“Once I narrow it down, I’ll take my officials,” Lucas said. “I want to see Arizona and some of the East Coast schools.”

Lucas, a 6-foot-8 big man from Findlay Prep in Nevada, is hearing from the entire Pac-12, as well as Vanderbilt, Harvard, Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Florida State.

He recently visited Kansas and enjoyed his trip. While Lucas hails from Oregon and goes to high school in Nevada, he’s open in terms of his destination.

“Location doesn’t really matter, I want to find the best fit,” he said. “But the West coast is great. My friends and family can see me.”

Lucas said Oregon, Arizona, Kansas and Stanford are very likely to be on his list when he decides to trim it down.

Negus Webster-Chan moves on

It didn’t take long for Negus Webster-Chan to rethink his commitment to Louisville. After pledging to the Cardinals in December, he reopened his recruitment in April.

“The staff was moving around and I wasn’t comfortable with it,” Webster-Chan said. “I never really talked to the new staff.”

Webster-Chan, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Huntington Prep (W.Va.), is hearing from Seton Hall, Texas, Oregon, Florida State, South Florida, Marquette, Xavier, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and USC.

He plans to cut his list at the end of the summer.

Al Freeman rises in 2013

Before the Nike Elite 100, Allerik Freeman was considered a high-major prospect. After a dominant weekend in early June, though, Freeman has risen dramatically in the eyes of most scouts and coaches.

“People have started to look at me with a new respect,” Freeman said. “Before I walk in the gym, it’s ‘Oh, that’s Al Freeman.’”

The 6-foot-4 Olympic (N.C.) shooting guard holds offers from North Carolina State, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Xavier, UNLV, Georgetown, Baylor, Oklahoma, Virginia and Virginia Tech. DePaul, Marquette, Kansas, Florida State and Arizona are also showing interest.

Xavier Johnson misses opportunities

In a camp with 100 of the best players in the country, a combination of not getting the ball and having tendinitis in your knee isn’t going to help you get noticed.

Xavier Johnson realized this pretty quickly.

“It’s an elite camp, everyone can play ball,” Johnson said. “If you don’t get the ball, you’re not going to do much.”

The 6-foot-6 small forward from Mater Dei (Calif.) is hearing from USC, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Georgetown and others.

Photo: Kelly Kline

 
 
 
 
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