Freeman Enjoys Visit

Freeman Enjoys Visit

Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy head coach Steve Smith accompanied power forward Lennard Freeman to Raleigh on Tuesday night for the Wolfpack's game against Florida State.

Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy head coach Steve Smith accompanied power forward Lennard Freeman to Raleigh on Tuesday night for the Wolfpack's game against Florida State.

According to coach Smith, Freeman enjoyed the trip.

"I know he had a great time," said coach Smith. "We had a long drive back and haven't talked a whole lot about it because he slept most of the way home, but he talked about how he enjoyed the game and loved the atmosphere.

"He talked about the crowd and facilities... all of that."

NC State has extended a scholarship offer to Freeman, a 6-foot-8 senior power forward for Smith's Oak Hill squad.

"I like how Lennard will play inside," said coach Smith. "He knows what he is. He is a banger in the post that will do all the dirty work for you in terms of rebounding, defense, and putbacks.

"He's not going to float around the perimeter looking to take a bunch of jumpshots. He can score in the post, he has jumphooks with both hands, and he has range out to 15 feet. Lennard is big, strong, and physical."

There had been some speculation that Freeman, who recently turned 17, could reclassify and become a member of the 2014 class. As of now that doesn't seem to be the case.

"He's young, he just turned 17, and has really good grades," said coach Smith. "He's ready to graduate. He talked at the beginning of the season about potentially going to prep school, but I believe as the season went on he saw he didn't need prep school. After talking with his AAU coach, Keith Stevens, and his mother, I believe he is going to go to college.

"The pluses for going to prep school would be another year to mature and get older and stronger, but I think he's ready to compete at the next level right now. He's 6'8 and 225 pounds and works extremely hard in the weight room. He will play in the post and isn't a black hole... Lennard doesn't care if he gets three shots or 15 shots. He's so coachable, has great grades, and in the spring time you don't find a lot of guys like him."

Smith says that Freeman is currently considering scholarship offers from NC State, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, UAB, and South Florida among others.

NC State assistant Rob Moxley is recruiting Freeman for the Wolfpack, and Smith believes it could be a good fit.

"I'm not sure what the issue is, but I thought I saw about 10 guys in uniform [Tuesday night], and I know they lose several guys," said Smith. "They are probably thinking they are going to lose a couple more guys who could go pro early, so I would think they have a lot of scholarships open.

"Lennard would have the opportunity to go in there and play, and I know he likes that. He's a hard worker, and he wants to play at the highest level."

Freeman is in no rush to make a decision, and he will likely start to take visits following his senior season.

"We have about two weeks left in the regular season," said Smith. "He's going to wait until we finish our season and then take a few visits. He has all five left, but I don't think he will take all five trips.

"I imagine he'll start taking his visits in March and then make a decision."

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