Inferno-hot Trey Freeman draws comparison to former UVA great

NORFOLK (WAVY) – There seems to be no shot too difficult and no moment too big for Trey Freeman. Listed at 6-foot-2, the senior guard out of Kellam High School in Virginia Beach has, in almost every sense, carried Old Dominion over the past several weeks.

Freeman has scored at least 24 points in eight straight games, and that streak, according to ODU, is the longest such streak in the country. More so, he’s averaging 29.5 points a game over that same span, and has twice eclipsed his career high; scoring 37 in a loss against Marshall and 38 in a win at Charlotte.

“My main focus is just winning and I’m just trying to give it everything I have,” said Freeman on Tuesday. Within those box scores are moments that can’t quite be measured beyond the point totals or how much time was left on the clock. Freeman, despite his smaller frame, has displayed an almost unnatural ability to score, no matter how dire the situation.

On Saturday, for instance, the Monarchs trailed the Charlotte 49ers 65-62 with only seconds remaining. On what looked like a broken play, Freeman took one or two dribbles at the top of the 3-point line, and with a defender perfectly position, drained a game-tying 3-pointer that eventually sent the game to overtime. In the extra session, Freeman hit a number of buckets that kept his team ahead.

Somebody who’s taking notice besides head coach Jeff Jones, is Jones’ assistant, and still the all-time leading scorer at the University of Virginia, Bryant Stith. “Trey is in what they call a zone,” said Stith, who displayed that same “in-the-zone” scoring during his time in Charlottesville.
Well, that is, unless you’re comparing him to Freeman. “Let me tell you something, I have never had a stretch the way Trey Freeman has been scorching the nets,” said Stith. It’s praise that doesn’t go unnoticed by Freeman.

“That means a lot to me to be even compared in the same sentence as coach Stith,” said Freeman. “I look up to coach Stith.”

That’s one of the best players in ACC history, and a former NBA player saying Freeman is showing Conference USA something it’s never seen. And he’s right to this extent: Freeman is the first player ever voted Conference USA Player of the Week for three consecutive weeks.

Stith insists Freeman is not only the best player of the team, but also the hardest worker, and says it’s been fun to see the results. “He’s been a player that’s been under the radar for so long, and I”m glad to finally see that he’s starting to get the notoriety that he deserves.”

With eight games left in the regular season, and at least one guaranteed game in the Conference USA Tournament, Freeman will work as hard as he can to continue his scoring and to baffle opposing defenses.

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