South Kent's Freeman commits to UMass

Citing multiple sources, ESPNU is reporting that South Kent 7-foot center Isaac Freeman is headed to the Atlantic 10 after committing to the University of Massachusetts earlier today.

Freeman, a Manassas, Va. native, chose the Minutemen over Drexel. He did a post-graduate season this year at the South Kent, Conn. campus after a standout career at Osbourn (Va.) High.

He played an integral role two years ago on an Osbourn squad that made its first Virginia state tournament appearance in program history, and could potentially be a sleeper for the Minutemen. He was reportedly cut from his middle school squad and didn't make the varsity until his junior year of high school, as the Washington Post's Preston Williams points out:

The most important choice for Freeman, who got cut from his middle school team and did not play high school varsity basketball until his junior year, might not have been the decision he made Monday but the decision he made last year to not go to college directly out of Osbourn. Freeman said at South Kent he has diversified his offensive game in particular, polishing his 12- to 15-foot jump shot, which in turn has boosted his confidence.

“The transition from high school to college would have extremely damaged my self-esteem and the way I thought of what college would be like,” Freeman said. “I thought the transition in the beginning of the school year was very, very hard. But once I started getting used to it, I accepted it and loved it.”

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