Syracuse basketball 4-star commit Donnie Freeman into top 30 nationally

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Some of the primary recruiting services have updated their 2024 national rankings of late, and Syracuse basketball four-star commit Donnie Freeman from Washington, D.C., has moved into the top 30, according to On3.

The 6-foot-9 Freeman, a top-five power forward across the country in his class, per numerous recruiting Web sites, picked the Orange last month over other finalists Alabama, Iowa, Texas and Georgia Tech.

According to refreshed 2024 national ratings from On3, Donnie Freeman checks in at No. 29 overall, No. 4 at power forward and No. 1 in Washington, D.C.

Another recruiting service, 247Sports, also recently updated its national ratings for the junior cycle. There, Freeman is now No. 31 nationwide, No. 7 at power forward and No. 1 in D.C.

Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Donnie Freeman could make a move toward five stars.

Freeman has had a solid spring on the AAU circuit. He plays on the loaded 17U roster of the Washington, D.C.-based Team Takeover in Nike’s EYBL league.

Team Takeover finished up the EYBL regular season at 14-3 overall and won its division. It will be one of the favorites heading into the annual Peach Jam tournament, which runs from July 3 to July 9 in North Augusta, S.C.

On Team Takeover, Donnie Freeman suits up alongside two 2024 prospects who also hold Syracuse basketball scholarship offers, and they are four-star center Patrick Ngongba II and four-star wing Caleb Williams, who recently put the Orange in his final seven.

During the 2022-23 season, as a junior, Freeman earned numerous local, regional and national honors as he helped lead St. John’s College High School in D.C. to a national top-25 ranking.

Looking ahead to his senior year in 2023-24, I expect Freeman to contend for All-America honors. What’s more, multiple high-school hoops analysts have projected St. John’s College High School as a preseason top-25 squad ahead of the upcoming campaign.

As far as his other 2024 national rankings, currently has him at the lowest spot among the main recruiting services, at No. 54.

I am confident that when updates its ratings for this class, Freeman’s ranking will climb. ESPN, meanwhile, has him at No. 33.

The industry-generated 247Sports Composite, at the time of this writing, placed him at No. 37 nationally, No. 7 at power forward and No. 1 in our nation’s capital.

Last but certainly not least, the industry-generated On3 Industry Ranking rated Donnie Freeman at No. 39 overall, No. 5 at power forward and No. 1 in the District of Columbia.

Should he shine at Peach Jam for Team Takeover and then continue his strong play as a senior for St. John’s College High School, I see no reason why Donnie Freeman can’t evolve into a five-star, top-20 national prospect in the 2024 class.

Syracuse basketball got an extremely talented young man when Freeman verbally committed to the ‘Cuse in May.

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