And the rich just keep getting richer. After putting together a top 3 recruiting class in the Summer of 2012 Ben Howland and UCLA are at again, this time aiming at the class of 2013, and Allerik Freeman. Freeman, a 6’4 205 lb. SG, who currentlyattends Findley College Prep in Henderson Nevada, was set to visit UCLA this weekend. Well, judging by his Twitter, Freeman liked what he saw.
Just so anyone is wondering the verbal commitment to UCLA came straight from Freeman’s Twitter. Freeman has made dramatic improvements in his game from his sophomore to junior seasons. Freeman is a combo guard with a well developedbody, athletic, very strong, and and extremely talented passer. Freeman is most effective when he can get the ball in the open court, take off, and make plays for either himself or his teammates. The transition game is what really suits Freeman bets, similar to the play style of Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Heading into his junior season there were question marks surrounding Freeman such as could he develop a legit jump shot, and whether he could play at both SG and PG. Well, heading into his senior season those questions have been answered, it is a resounding yes. Freeman has been able to consistently knock down outside shots, guard both the 1 and 2 spots, and on the other side of the ball, play PG when his team needs him too.
The addition of Freeman will certainly strengthen an already stacked UCLA basketball team, that is if Shabazz Muhammed, Tony Parker, and Kyle Anderson decide to return next season. If the three highly heralded freshman decided to return for a second season then the addition of the 51st ranked overall, (in the ESPN 100), Freeman, plus the addition of a number of other highly talented freshman from the class of 2013 who UCLA is sure to target and might even wind up getting a commitment from, will certainly put UCLA in the hunt for yet another National Championship.
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