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TSU Men's Basketball Signs Mark Freeman During Early Signing Period
Monday, November 19, 2018
TSU Men's Basketball Signs Mark Freeman During Early Signing Period

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State men’s basketball Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins announced the signing of Mark Freeman (Memphis, Tenn.) on Monday during the early signing period. A former finalist for 2018 Class AAA Mr. Basketball for his play at Southwind High School in Memphis, Freeman is currently playing for The Skill Factory in Georgia for a post-grad year. He will have four years of eligibility at TSU.

“We are very excited about Mark signing with TSU,” Collins said. “I have watched him grow into a phenomenal player and a fine young man. He knows how to win and Tiger fans will enjoy watching him for four years.”

The lightning-quick guard is facing top-flight competition during his post-grad season playing for Rob Johnson at The Skill Factory in Woodstock, Georgia.

“Mark Freeman is a tremendous leader and competitor with a high-level basketball IQ,” Johnson said. “He’s a two-way player who is equally gifted on both sides of the ball. He can take over a game with his playmaking, scoring and with his defense. When he is on the floor, he makes everyone around him better.”

Mark Freeman  |  6-0  |  Guard  |  Freshman in 2019-20
Memphis, Tenn.  |  The Skill Factory (Ga.)

Freeman is a two-time Class AAA TSWA All-State honoree (2016-17 and 2017-18) from his time at Southwind High School in Memphis.

Freeman was a finalist for the 2018 Class AAA Mr. Basketball award alongside Tyler Harris and Alex Lomax, who are both freshman at the University of Memphis.

He is rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com and 247sports.com.

As a senior in 2017-18, Freeman averaged 22 points and eight assists for Southwind.

He led the Jaguars to a 29-2 record and a run to the Region 8 Semifinals.

As a junior during the 2016-17 season, Freeman helped guide Southwind to a 32-7 mark en route to the Class AAA State Championship game.

He also played for the Bluff City Legends (formerly Team Penny) in the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) summer circuit.

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