Ron Freeman is no stranger to the Los Angeles basketball scene. The 6-foot-5-inch guard grew up in Inglewood, graduated from Junipero Serra High School and attended one year of prep school in Harbor City. The incoming redshirt junior has been involved with the Long Beach State men’s basketball program since last season, but is now officially enrolled and eligible to play this year.
Once a highly touted recruit out of high school, Freeman won two straight CIF Southern Section championships. After continuing to develop and improve his game at Future College Prep, he committed to play at Kansas State in the 2015-2016 season.
In his freshman year, Freeman saw little action off the bench, playing in 11 total games before transferring to Northwest Florida State College. As a sophomore there, he averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds at the junior college level.
This summer, Freeman is honing his skills at one of the most respected professional-amateur basketball leagues in the country. Taking place at King Drew Magnet High School, the Drew League is a longtime summer basketball league that has gained more and more popularity from top players around the country who train and live in Los Angeles during the off-season. Such players who have made appearances in the league include NBA stars Kevin Durant, James Harden and DeMar DeRozan.
Freeman is currently playing with the Black Pearls Elite and received Player of the Game honors June 23 with 17 points. Freeman is an athletic shooting guard that can score in bunches.
According to an ESPN Insider Scouting Report, “Freeman is a major sleeper out west who possesses that quintessential Division I frame with pterodactyl-type length. He plays with good energy at both ends and he has a knack for scoring.”
Freeman and Black Pearls Elite are back in action at 11:15 a.m. Saturday to take on Legacy.