Reporting Frank Hanrahan
Guard Austin Freeman had a solid career at Georgetown and now he hopes losing about 20 pounds can improve his NBA draft position later this month. Projected as a mid to late second round selection, Freeman is doing all he can to improve his stock.
“My body is my tool and I have to take care of it.” ,” Freeman said after a pre-draft workout with the Wizards Thursday morning. Listed at 6′-3,” Freeman played at 235 pounds at Georgetown. “I feel a little quicker, more bounce.I need to show that I belong in this league and that I can score the ball, that I can shoot and defend,” said Freeman.
Freeman was a highly touted high school player coming out of DeMatha, and played all four seasons at Georgetown where he was named first-team all-Big East in his senior year, averaging 17 points a game. But throw out the resume when it comes to the NBA — it’s not what you did, it’s what can you do at the highest level.
A decent enough shooter, Freeman will play shooting guard in the NBA. “That’s what I hope to do but if they need me to play a different position, I can,” Freeman said.
Freeman played his college games at Verizon Center and now there is an outside chance he may wind up playing for Washington next season.
“Working out for your home team is a lot of fun,” Freeman said. “It would be great to play here, my family being here and my family would be able to see me play.”