Greenbrier High School girls basketball coach Dana Bull and Milligan College women's coach Rich Aubrey were in agreement last week: Dorian Freeman's best basketball is yet to come.
The former Wolfpack player signed a scholarship July 31 to play basketball for the Tennessee school. Aubrey, who was at Greenbrier for Freeman's signing, first saw her play at the Georgia-South Carolina All-Star game earlier this year.
"The next couple years, as she has some other coaching and continues to grow as a player, the sky's the limit," Bull said. "Her athleticism is tremendous."
Freeman's role prior to her senior season had been to play solid defense, rebound the ball and distribute on offense. The Wolfpack's system was guard-heavy.
Under Bull, Freeman learned to develop a post game and how to play with her back to the basket.
It's a style also favored by Aubrey at Milligan. He said his program has had success with players in Freeman's mold -- those who aren't traditional post size, but who are versatile enough to float around.
Freeman's versatility is something she wants to highlight. She can shoot from the outside and defend the perimeter, and she doesn't want to be relegated to playing on the block.
"I hope I can go up there and not be limited to just post," Freeman said. "And I feel like after a while he won't limit me to just post. I played post all four years, so I've got that down, but I also want to develop my skills in other spots."
Freeman visited Milligan before graduation, after Aubrey watched her play in the all-star game. She stayed at the east Tennessee school for a couple of days, touring the campus, visiting with the basketball team, and having the chance to play with her future teammates.
Freeman said she enjoyed the visit, but she wasn't sold on the school because of its location, more than five hours from Evans. But after receiving interest from schools much further away and with less friendly interactions than Milligan, she accepted Aubrey's offer,
"They all seemed real cool, real good people," Freeman said.
Aubrey returned the praise, saying Freeman's best qualities were her strong academic record and that she was a good person. He also has big expectations for her on the court.
Aubrey said he had three or four solid post players returning, but Freeman could fit if he played a big lineup.
He predicted she would contribute right away.
"Who knows, as the season goes on," Aubrey said. "I think the sky's the limit."
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