Long Beach State Signs Big Man Freeman
Long Beach, CA--Long Beach State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Monson announced today that Brian Freeman (Center, 6-10, 230, Albany, OR, Clackamas CC) signed a National Letter-of-Intent with the 49ers.
“We are extremely excited to sign a player of Brian’s calibre,” said Monson. “Fortunately he was still available. He adds versatility to our frontline and he’s a very good face-up shooter. Brian is a quality student-athlete who we feel is a great first recruit for our program.”
Freeman led Clackamas Community College to the 2007 NWAACC Championship with a 29-4 record and an undefeated Southern Region title (14-0). He was selected MVP of the Southern Region and was the MVP of the NWAACC Tournament. Freeman averaged 18.1 points and 14.4 rebounds per game last year for the Cougars while shooting .642 (217-338) from the field and .707 (128-181) at the free throw line. He was named the Southern Division Player of the Week on January 23, was MVP of the Clackamas Holiday Tournament and he was selected to the Lower Columbia Tournament All-Star Team. Freeman led the conference in offensive, defensive and total rebounds, was fourth in blocked shots and field goal percentage and 17th in scoring average. Of his 447 total rebounds, 137 were on the offensive glass. He also tallied 78 assists, 48 blocks and 43 steals in 31 games.
During Clackamas’ run through the NWAACC Tournament, Freeman averaged 23.3 points and 15.5 rebounds per game en route to tournament MVP honors. In an opening round 87-75 win over Blue Mountain, Freeman tallied 20 points and 17 rebounds. In the quarterfinals he had 19 points and 17 rebounds in an 87-86 win over Highline. During the semifinals, Freeman scored a career-high 36 points (14-19 fg’s) and added 18 rebounds as the Cougars defeated Walla Walla 75-65. In the championship game vs. Bellevue, a 67-56 Clackamas triumph, he had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
As a freshman in 2004-05, Freeman averaged 12.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in helping lead his squad to a 24-7 mark and a third place finish in the NWAACC. He was named to the All-Southern Division team while leading the team in rebounding and finishing second in scoring. Freeman sat out the 2005-06 season due to injury.