By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery scored a major recruiting victory Monday when three-star big man Owen Freeman announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes.
“It was really my fit and as a man of faith I felt like that’s where God wanted me,” Freeman said. “I loved everything about it and they had everything I needed.”
Freeman, a native of Bradley, Illinois, chose Iowa over scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin, among others.
The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Freeman took an official visit to Iowa this past weekend.
“(It was) awesome,” Freeman said. “I got to watch two practices and the football game and really got to connect with the players and coaches.”
Freeman previously had visited Wisconsin twice and Illinois and Northwestern each one time.
Iowa and Illinois were the first schools to offer Freeman a scholarship, and his recruitment blew up from there.
Freeman told HawkFanatic in June that he considers himself a versatile player that would fit well in coach Fran McCaffery’s system.
“I’m very comfortable with my back to the basket and making moves out of there,” Freeman said. “But I think I can also stretch and knock down 3s and pick and pop, create for my teammates off the drive and just create layups and dunk opportunities either using a spin move or a Euro step.”