Kevin Freeman (basketball)

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Kevin Freeman
Power forward
Personal information
Born March 3, 1978
Springfield, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Paterson Catholic
(Paterson, New Jersey)
College Connecticut (1995–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Pro career 2000–2010
Career history
2000–2001 Los Angeles Stars
2001 Tanduay Rhum Masters
2001–2002 Sutor Basket Montegranaro
2001–2002 Basket Club Ferrara
2002–2005 Brisbane Bullets
2004 Westchester Wildfire
2005–2006 Aris B.C.
2006 San Miguel Beermen
2006–2007 Zhejiang Horses
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Cocodrilos de Caracas
2007 Leones de Ponce
2007–2008 Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca
2007–2008 Andrea Costa Imola
2008–2009 Ángeles de Puebla
2009–2010 Tenerife CB
2009–2010 Espartanos de Margarita
Career highlights and awards

Kevin Freeman (born March 3, 1978) is a retired American basketball player and is currently Assistant men's Basketball director of operations at the University of Connecticut. Freeman played professionally for eleven years in several countries and as a collegian was a starter on UConn's first NCAA championship team.

College career[edit]

Freeman, a 6'7" forward from Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, New Jersey but also played at Longmeadow High School in Massachusetts, played collegiate basketball at the University of Connecticut for Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. He started for the majority of his four years there. As a junior in the 1998–99 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Freeman averaged a career-high 12.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He led the Huskies to a Big East Conference tournament championship, and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.[1] Connecticut then went on to win the 1999 NCAA Basketball Tournament, with Freeman gaining All-West Regional honors to get the Huskies to the Final Four.

Following the Huskies' championship year, Freeman was named to the USA men's basketball team at the 1999 World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He played in all eight contests, averaging 8.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as Team USA won the Gold Medal.[2]

Freeman returned to Storrs as Husky co-captain for his senior season, averaging 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Kevin Freeman left UConn with 1,476 points and 913 rebounds, and graduated as the school's all-time leader in games played with 140.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Following the close of his college career, Freeman began a far-reaching professional career that led him to play in the Philippines, Greece, Italy, Argentina, China, Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, South Korea and Venezuela. Some of his best work came in the National Basketball League of Australia as a member of the Brisbane Bullets. Freeman was a big scorer in the league, including finishing top five in scoring for the 2003–04 season (22.3 points per game).[4]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from basketball, Freeman turned to coaching. He was named to Jim Calhoun's staff just prior to the 2011–12 season as Assistant Director of Basketball Operations.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011-12 Big East men's basketball media guide page 135, accessed November 5, 2011
  2. ^ Twentieth World University Games - 1999, accessed November 5, 2011
  3. ^ 2011-12 UConn Historical Supplement, Accessed November 5, 2011
  4. ^ 2011-12 NBL Media Guide page 148, accessed November 5, 2011
  5. ^ AP Reports (November 5, 2011). "Former UConn star Kevin Freeman joins basketball staff". The Boston Herald. Retrieved November 5, 2011.