The Baylor Bears grabbed a verbal commitment from the top uncommitted guard in the 2013 class, Allerik Freeman of Findlay Prep (NV), a native of North Carolina. Freeman formerly signed with the UCLA Bruins during the tenure of former coach Ben Howland, and re-opened his recruitment when Steve Alford was hired as the new head coach.
Freeman, a 6′-4″, 195 pound combo guard, was ranked at No. 70 in the nation is our final payer rankings for the 2013 class. He also represented the top guard that was uncommitted, making the addition even more impressive. Multiple reports indicate that Freeman picked Baylor over Minnesota and Xavier, and the news of his commitment was broken by Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
Baylor has a strong recruiting class on the way, as there are four high school signees and an additional junior college prospect. All four high school newcomers are ranked within our Top 150 for the 2013 class nationally, with wing forward Ishamil Wainwright the highest ranked prospect in the class. Beefy center Dominic Woodson, in-state frontcourt standout Johnathan Motley and junior college guard Kenny Chery comprise the class.
Don’t be surprised to see Freeman contend for a key role off the bench as a freshman at Baylor, given his versatility and ability to play on the wing larger than his size, due to his strength. Additionally, Freeman already played for a season in a college-level program at Findlay Prep, which could give him a jump-start at Baylor.
Given the departure of Pierre Jackson, there are presumably minutes on the table and backcourt points to be scored at Baylor. In both regards, Freeman may be able to lend a hand.