Kevin Freeman said his son received keen recruiting interest from several Division I schools, among them Texas, UC-Irvine, Duquesne and Virginia Tech. Osbourn Coach Mike Dufrene played at George Mason University when current Texas Coach Rick Barnes was there.
Going to prep school “will give him a good chance to really grow as a basketball player and give him that first year to get settled in away from home and get used to that acclimation of being on his own and mom and dad not checking in,” Kevin Freeman said.
Freeman, profiled in The Post last month, is considered further along defensively than offensively and is known for running the floor with vigor. He was cut from his middle school team as a seventh-grader and played junior varsity ball his first two years at Osbourn.
This past season, he averaged about 14 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks and was named Cedar Run District Player of the Year. Osbourn finished 24-3 and lost 73-72 in the state semifinals to L.C. Bird after leading by 17 points in the fourth quarter.
“I think Isaac was more comfortable at the moment saying he really thinks he needs to get adjusted a little bit better and work on some more things,” Kevin Freeman said. “He could go [to a Division I school this year] just to go, but I think he knows what he wants to do and he’s willing to take the time to get better at what he needs to get better at and not be in a rush to sign just to sign.”
South Kent, coached by former American University assistant Kelvin Jefferson, has produced a number of Division I players in recent years, among them nine whose teams played in the recent NCAA tournament — Arizona swingman Kevin Parrom, Louisville guard Russ Smith, Pitt forwards J.J. Moore and Gilbert Brown, St. John’s forwards Rob Thomas and Dele Coker, Long Island guard David Hicks and the top two scorers at Washington, guard Isaiah Thomas and forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
Locally, Maryland (Jin Soo Kim), Virginia (Assane Sene) and George Washington (Cheyenne Moore, Travis King and Hermann Opoku) have signed South Kent players in recent years. Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche also played there.