Kent County (Md.) 2020 guard JayShaun Freeman at the 2018 DMVelite 80.
Kent County (Md.) 2020 guard JayShaun Freeman quickly established himself as one of the top players on the Eastern Shore last season, and he’s wasted little time following up on that success.
The 6-foot, 155-pound Freeman is one of the state’s most dynamic scorers, and showed it with 37 points - while grabbing 15 rebounds - in a season-opening 61-40 win over Pocomoke (Md.) last week.
This week, Freeman took time to discuss his goals for his junior season, his development and more:
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE SEASON?
“Individually, I’m looking towards getting my 1,00th point - I’m at 728 right now - and hopefully be the North Bayside Player of The Year. Team-wise, we’re a young team - it’s mostly juniors and sophomores - so I just want us to take it one game at a time and hopefully have a good playoff run.”
HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK YOUR EARLY EXPERIENCE HELPS?
“It’s great because I started off playing varsity instantly as soon as I got to high school in ninth grade, so it’s easier for me to lead them.”
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TRANSITIONING TO THE VARSITY LEVEL?
“It was different, because when you’re in middle school you’re kind of like, better than everyone or bigger, faster and stronger than everyone. Then when you get to high school, everyone does the same things you do, and they work on their game every day just like you do. It took me a couple of game into my freshman season and I started clicking well with the team.”
HOW IS YOUR RECRUITMENT GOING?
“Over the summer I heard from University of Denver and Siena, and I picked up an offer from Southern Utah.”
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE STRENGTHS OF YOUR GAME?
“Getting to the rim and my shooting off the dribble. And being able to create for others and myself.”
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST AREAS YOU’D LIKE TO IMPROVE?
“My basketball IQ. Just being able to see what the defense is giving and being able to take good shots. Good shot selection, field goal percentage and just being a better overall basketball player.”
HOW MUCH DID TRAVEL BALL HELP YOUR DEVELOPMENT?
“It helped a lot playing with Team BBC this summer. We played, like, a high-paced offense and we got out and ran in transition and I learned a lot from them.”
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OFF THE COURT?
“I like to watch movies. I normally workout- not even, like, basketball, but I’ll do weight training. But I just chill and watch movies and kick it with my brothers. I do a little bit of everything, but I like a lot of DC and Marvel Comics, like Avengers and The Dark Knight and stuff like that.”
WHICH OF THOSE MOVIES IS YOUR FAVORITE?
“Probably Avengers: Infinity War so far - the one that came out this past summer. I’m excited for that [new one].”
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE BASKETBALL MEMORY?
“Probably in eighth grade, when I went down to a tournament in Bowie City Gym with my local AAU team called the Bayside H.O.Y.A.S. It was like my first big game ever and I scored 38 on a DC team. I scored, like, 38 out of our 44 points. They beat us still, but that was a great memory of mine; I’ll never forget that.”
HOW MUCH DO YOU ENJOY FACING COMPETITION FROM ACROSS THE BRIDGE?
“It’s big for me, because you know, living on the Eastern Shore, they just down the talent over here and say it’s not enough talent or we’re not as good as those teams over there. But there’s really a lot of talent on the Eastern Shore, it just doesn’t get exposed as much as they do over in the DC, Baltimore area.”