One on one with Freeman

Allerik Freeman

Allerik Freeman,a 6-foot-4 wing out of Charlotte, N.C., talked to TigerAuthority.com Saturday about what he wants to play at the next level and his recruitment.

Olympic High's (Charlotte, N.C.) Allerik Freeman would prefer not to be pigeonholed as a point guard. Mostly because, well, he‘s capable of playing any position on the perimeter.

"I play wherever my coach puts me," Freeman said. "Last year at Olympic, we had two point guards in the starting lineup, so of course I couldn't play point. So I played on the wing and played great there."

This summer, Freeman played the point on his AAU team Nike Team Florida, and he excelled at it.

"From what I understand, from talking to other college players, you try to do whatever to get on the court. Whether it's the point or the wing, wherever I have to play, I'll do it."

Before last fall, Freeman only stood at about 6-foot-1, making him an ideally-sized point guard. Then, with the help of a well-timed growth spurt, Freeman grew three inches to round out at a solid 6-foot-4.

"Growing up, sometimes I brought the ball up and pushed it," Freeman said. "I was never set to be a point guard or a wing. I just never classified myself or put myself in a category.

"Now, people see me dominate the ball and placing myself in the point guard position on teams. I'm starting to get categorized as one but I just classify myself as a guard."

Freeman's game is special in that, although he's built like a 2-guard, he still has the natural instincts of a point guard. He's a talented passer and is especially good in transition, several reasons why Freeman is a 5-star prospect in the 2013 class and ranked No. 17 overall by Scout.com.

Last Tuesday, Memphis joined the fray and offered Freeman, joining schools like Georgetown, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee to name a few.

"I always used to love Memphis when (former Memphis coach John) Calipari was there," Freeman said. "Coach Pastner's teams still play very similar and it's a similar style of coaching, dribble drive and letting the guards go and just be creators out there.

"That's what I like to do on the court. From watching them play, it seems like Pastner lets them do that. That's one thing I really like about Memphis, and I would love to play that style."

Of course, because Freeman lives in North Carolina, he's gauged interest from both Duke and North Carolina, though he said he hasn't heard from either school since before the July evaluation started. And, for Freeman, location isn't a deal breaker.

"You just have to go to the place that best suits you as a basketball player and person," Freeman said. "If that means going all the way out to Wyoming, that's what will be best for me to do."

Freeman said he'll come up with a list of ten or seven schools — "I'm not sure just yet," he said — by November 1, when his high school basketball season gets underway.

"Then I'll just go from there," Freeman said. "I'll cut it to five in the spring. I won't have a timeline after that."

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