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Monday / November 28.
  • Class of 2024 five-star forward Donnie Freeman breaks down recruitment ahead of Peach Jam Championship

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    By JACOB POLACHECK

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Playing with Team Takeover, Donnie Freeman played a crucial role in leading his team to a Peach Jam Championship appearance after a solid performance Saturday.

    The 6-foot-8, 190-pound small forward from St. John’s (DC) College, finished with seven points and three rebounds in a 58-44 Team Takeover win over Team Durant to advance to the championship game.

    “I was extremely excited coming into the game,” Freeman said. “I really give all the credit to my teammates. We came together and got a big win. One more to go now. We’re not satisfied yet.”

    With Team Takeover set to face Mokan Elite in the championship Sunday, Freeman said he’s “excited, but more ready to play in this big game.”

    “I know it’s a big game, but I don’t want to think about it too much,” he said. “I just want to have fun, honestly. It’s just a regular game for me.”

    Ranked by 247Sports Composite as the No. 4 power forward and No. 25 overall prospect in the class of 2024, Freeman said he’s hearing from a number of schools, naming Texas, Maryland, Alabama and Georgetown among those involved.

    He broke down each program:

    Texas: “I fit their play style. It’s a good school for me. I’m not really sure yet. I have to see the campus, but I’m excited for the process.”

    Alabama: “Same pitch. I fit their play style. They have a good track record. I have a good relationship with Coach Oats or Nate Oats as you guys know him.”

    Maryland: “They’re a local school. I know a couple guys from out there. I’ve been on campus a couple times. I’m building a strong relationship with coach (Kevin) Willard and coach (David) Cox.”

    Georgetown: “It’s the same thing as Maryland. It’s a local school. I have a good relationship with coach (Clinton) Crouch and coach (Patrick) Ewing. It’s really the same thing, honestly.”

    With no upcoming visits, Freeman broke down the factors he’s taking into consideration:

    “I want a school that has a great track record of getting guys like me to the next level with my frame and skill set,” he said. “I want a reliable coach, a player’s coach and a coach that players respect who has a solid name in the basketball world.”

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