“Kansas and Villanova are my final schools, and both are even right now,” he told Rivals.com.
Freeman attended the 2011 Late Night in the Phog on an unofficial visit. He has not set a timetable to make his college choice.
Future KU forward Andrew White has been selected to play in the Derby Festival Classic on April 6 in Louisville. He’s a 6-6 senior from Miller School in Chester, Va., ranked No. 56 by Rivals.com
Rainier Beach 67, Mountlake Terrace 51
Rainier Beach sprinted to an early nine-point lead and never truly was challenged as the No. 1 Vikings advanced to a 3:45 p.m. semifinal on Friday with a 67-51 victory over Mountlake Terrace in the first game of the boys 3A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
Kansas University-bound Anrio Adams scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to help the Vikings (25-3) maintain a double-digit advantage built during the first half.
Adams made eight of 10 field goals in the second half. He also had six rebounds and five assists.
…Kansas-bound senior Anrio Adams made sure to keep younger teammates involved, especially 6-foot-8 sophomore Elijah Foster, who had 13 points and nine rebounds.
"We're here for one goal and one goal only — to get that ring," said Adams, whose team plays University of Spokane at 3:45 p.m. Friday.
A November commitment to Kansas seemed to come out of nowhere and questions were raised as to why the storied program would risk an association with Adams.
Thursday at the Class 3A/4A Hardwood Classic, the 6-foot-3 guard showed fans at the Tacoma Dome exactly why Bill Self is willing to gamble. Adams did as he pleased in a 67-51 win over a Mountlake Terrace squad that entered the contest with a 23-1 record, notching a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.
He even injected a little life into a sleepy crowd for the 9 a.m. start with an over-the-head reverse dunk in the second half.
Adams – regarded as a Top 100 player nationally until he fell off the radar last summer – is averaging 20.8 points per game this season. Should he lead Rainier Beach (25-3) to the Class 3A state title, the future Jayhawk would have a strong state player of the year resume. It will be interesting to see how his track record of transfers will affect his candidacy.
The 6-foot-3 Adams, the only senior suited up for the Vikings (25-3), was 11-of-17 from the field and the Vikings shot 56.3 percent as a team (27-of-48).
VIDEO: Anrio Adams postgame video interview
VIDEO: Anrio Adams game highlights
6A Hutchinson (Bracket B)
Wichita North made Campus pay for going for running a stall game, taking the Colts 36-17. Conner Frankamp led all scorers, but not with his usual 34-point average. With Campus just hanging onto the ball, Frankamp was held to 10 points. But keeping the ball away from the North offense couldn’t win the game for Campus who only managed 17 points.
6A Topeka (Bracket A)
Wichita East scored at will in a 78-61 win over Topeka Washburn Rural. Jalen Love had a monster game for the Blue Aces, leading all scorers with 27 points. Nathan Jackson had 14 for East and Kimron Burris chipped in 12.
The East win sets up a game with Wichita Heights who beat Junction City 87-51 on Feb. 29. East and Heights last met on Feb. 21, when East snapped Heights’ record winning streak at 62. The third and final matchup between these teams will be for a spot in the state tournament.
DERBY FESTIVAL CLASSIC ROSTERS April 6 at Freedom Hall (Andrew White, JaKarr Sampson)
You have to know that a player of Muhammad's stature comes with all sorts of expectations on the part of him and those around him, be it the role he will play or the number of shots he will receive. You essentially are renting a player for a season who, if he remains injury free, most likely then would depart for the NBA.
He is built for the Kentucky way of one-and-done talents. There's nothing wrong with that. Everyone offers a specific fit.
But there is a reason Butler made two consecutive Final Fours, a reason why March success is most often dependent on senior leadership, a reason chemistry is so vitally important to a program, a reason John Calipari never has won a national championship with his annual factory of NBA players.
Muhammad might prove the most unselfish and respected teammate in college history. No one knows for sure. But for a kid whose Twitter account is named @phenom15balla and who spends days retweeting the glowing and lavish praise heaped upon him by more than 22,500 followers, his entire recruitment has the feel of a public relations marketing campaign by those advising him.
No one denies his ability nor the instant dose of national attention UNLV would receive by signing him. In the short term, you can't buy the level of publicity the Rebels would enjoy. Expectations would reach preposterous levels.
Yes, even more than usual around here.
But the perception of today doesn't always equal the reality of six months down the road, when Rice might struggle finding enough balls to make everyone happy and enough selfless egos to produce a team willing to do the little things demanded of any side with legitimate Final Four dreams.
UNLV reportedly isn't part of the NCAA investigation into relationships with financial advisers and the sneaker giant adidas. The Rebels might be one of the few teams Muhammad could sign with and not be suspended for games.
If so, the city would erupt. Fans would throw parades. Some would treat it as a national holiday. The lunatics would rejoice.
And six months later, reality might not prove all that perception was cracked up to be, and the Rebels might have passed or missed on another recruit who would have been a better fit on the court and in the locker room.
Las Vegas RJ
Robert Orr, the high-profile attorney representing Bishop Gorman High School basketball standout Shabazz Muhammad, said Thursday he is attempting to work with the NCAA to ensure that Muhammad is eligible to play as a college freshman next season.
Orr, a former associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, said he is "puzzled" why past unofficial recruiting visits taken by Muhammad would generate scrutiny from the NCAA.
…"Certainly their impression is that they were within NCAA rules," Orr said. "I have often quoted the assistant dean of the Duke law school, 'The problem with the NCAA rule book isn't its length. It's that it's intellectually incomprehensible.' There's great confusion and lack of clarity in how the rules are applied."
…Holmes politely declined an interview Thursday but wrote in a text message that Orr has been hired as Muhammad's attorney and that William Trosch has been hired as his own attorney.
Orr and Trosch are based in North Carolina. Orr represented North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples in a case with the NCAA last year.
"One of the things I would ask the NCAA official when I talk to them is, 'Tell me what bylaw may have been violated,' " Orr said of Muhammad. "As a lawyer, I deal with factual clarity. I spent some time going through the manual trying to figure out what's going on that can negatively impact Shabazz. Truthfully, I really don't see anything right now."
Las Vegas RJ
Isaiah Lewis, one of the city’s top prospects, has been benched indefinitely, Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello said after his team beat Archbishop Stepinac, 77-53, in the CHSAA Class AA boys basketball second round Thursday night at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows.
Arbitello labeled it a “coach’s decision.” Lewis, who wasn’t at the game Thursday due to a stomach illness, has not been thrown off the team, the coach said, but he will also not play against Mount St. Michael in the quarterfinals 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Fordham University.
Arbitello said it was possible Lewis could play in the semifinals if Christ the King advances that far and he expects the junior to be in a Christ the King uniform next year. Lewis has offers from high Division I schools like Kansas, Louisville and Memphis, among others.
“He’s welcome back,” Arbitello said. “If he wants to be here, he’s here. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be.”
The decision was made earlier in the week, the fourth-year head man said. Christ the King is attempting to win a third straight CHSAA Class AA intersectional title. Arbitello declined to comment on the talk he had with Lewis. He did say the benching had nothing to do with academics.
“It was a conversation between me and him,” Arbitello said. “I have one very, very simple rule that I live by with my teams and it’s if you don’t embarrass me, then I won’t embarrass you. He hasn’t done anything to embarrass me. I’m not going to say anything. It was a conversation between me and Isaiah.”
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