Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Just a few days after landing Western Kentucky transfer Derrick Gordon, UMass coach Derek Kellogg landed a commitment from 7-foot-2, 215-pound Isaac Freeman of South Kent (Conn.).
Freeman, who averaged 14.7 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 7.5 blocks last season at Osbourn High (Va.), before transferring to South Kent, chose UMass over DePaul, Drexel and UCF.
“What made me choose UMass is their style of basketball,” he said by text. “They are uptempo with the game and run the floor very well. I loved their campus and I immediately could see myself going to school there and being part of their basketball program.
“Their team chemistry was key to my decision and I didn’t think that Drexel had the best chemistry for me. UMass had the best chemistry and they loved me for who I was. And we immediately became a family.”
One A-10 coach said Freeman “shows flashes” of his talent and has a high ceiling but it may take a few years to get there.
“My skillset would have to be blocking shots, running the floor and getting rebounds,” Freeman said.
He joins Gordon and 6-8 power forward Tyler Bergantino in UMass’s 2012 spring class. Trey Davis, a 5-11 point guard, signed in the fall.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.