Allerik Freeman has had a very fluid recruitment during the past several months. He originally cut his list to Villanova and Kansas back in March, but then added Ohio State, UCLA and Duke as the weeks passed.
Once Freeman transferred from Olympic (N.C.) to Findlay Prep (Nev.), the Bruins began to make serious headway in his recruitment.
On his official visit to Westwood on Saturday, Freeman made it clear the hard work paid off: he committed to UCLA.
“I'm officially a UCLA Bruin,” Freeman tweeted. “Thank you too [sic] all the people who supported me and especially my family! All love. Long way to go though.”
Freeman, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, was once ranked as a five-star recruit in the class of 2013. Although he dropped to No. 60 in the most-recent rankings, it's still an important commitment for the Bruins.
Freeman is a powerful scoring guard who uses his body to finish around the rim. He has a good mid-range game and can knock down shots off the bounce. Freeman can make plays off the dribble as well. Once he improves his ball-handling and shooting, Freeman can be a major asset in the backcourt.
He is UCLA's second commitment in the class of 2013, joining No. 44-ranked prospect Zach Lavine, a 6-3 point guard from Washington. The two should form a very effective guard pairing over the next few years.