Courtney Freeman will head to the hills — so to speak — to play college basketball.
The Lady Raiders’ prolific scorer has verbally committed to play for Appalachian State University in the mountainous town of Boone, N.C.
“I think it’s a great for her and I think she’ll love it up there,” Madison County head coach Dan Lampe said. “She was excited when she came back (from a visit).”
The post player has helped lead Madison County to three state tournament appearances in her first three years of prep basketball, including a memorable Final Four run last year. With her college destination already determined, Freeman can focus on her final high school season.
“She had always said she wanted to commit early and be done with it so she could concentrate on the season,” Lampe said.
Lampe expects that Freeman should see significant playing time next year based on talk during the recruiting process.
“Every college that I had talked to, they see her as their no. 1, their impact player coming in right now … She just creates such hard match-ups for the opposing team,” Lampe said.
Freeman has been one of the most unique players to ever step on the court at Madison County. Aside from her ability on the court — Freeman topped the 1,000-point mark midway through her sophomore season — the senior is a standout academically.
“She’s just a great asset,” Lampe said. “She’s not a girl who you ever have to worry about getting in trouble. She’s going to do well in school grade-wise, no. 1 or 2 in her class right now I think. Just rock solid all the way round.”