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Rocky Mount, NC (Future150) -- A senior at Rocky Mount Prep in North Carolina, Deshawn Freeman has seen his recruitment pick up as of late. The 6’6” hybrid forward showcased his versatility this summer with the North Carolina Red Storm, and he now has a handful of mid major offers to show for it.
Freeman informed Future150.com that he now has a list of scholarship offers that includes the likes of Marshall, High Point, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro, Old Dominion, VCU, East Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Claiming no favorites at this time, however, Freeman will likely force these schools to wait on a decision.
When decision time does roll around, one particular school will be getting a kid who knows how to fill up a stat sheet. His athleticism and activity on both ends make him productive in multiple areas. Freeman averaged 18 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 1.7 steals per game last year at Rocky Mount Prep according to MaxPreps, and those numbers could very well go up this year, as he has expanded his game even more.
Although still more of an undersized power forward, Freeman has developed his perimeter game to the point where he can at least make an impact from the outside. His jump shot off the catch has improved and his ball handling skills are trending up as well, making him a legitimate coast to coast threat off a defensive rebound.
Three other areas of his game, however, stick out above the rest. The first is his ability as a face-up four man. Freeman has a very explosive first step that gets him to the rim in a hurry, where he can finish with flare.
The second is his willingness to act as a garbage man when not directly involved in an offensive set. He has strong hands, quick feet, and a quick jump, and this combination makes him a good rebounder in and out of his area, allowing him to gobble up offensive rebounds regularly.
Finally, Freeman excels in transition. He is a very fluid runner, and he fills lanes well. After catching the ball in stride, he knows what to do with it, and that’s finish.
There is plenty of reason to believe that more improvement to Freeman’s already well-rounded game will come throughout his senior year, and if this happens then we should expect the offers to keep coming.