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Syracuse Basketball: 4-star commit Donnie Freeman into Peach Jam finals

Syracuse basketball, Donnie Freeman (Mandatory Credit: Katie Goodale-USA TODAY Network)
Syracuse basketball, Donnie Freeman (Mandatory Credit: Katie Goodale-USA TODAY Network) /

Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Donnie Freeman from Washington, D.C., will play for a Peach Jam championship on Sunday in the late afternoon.

On Saturday, the four-star power forward helped lead the D.C.-based Team Takeover into the title game of the annual Peach Jam tournament, which crowns a champion of Nike’s EYBL league. Team Takeover secured two victories – in the quarterfinals and the semifinals – on Saturday to advance to the final contest.

The 6-foot-9 Freeman, a top-40 national prospect in the rising-senior class per multiple recruiting services, verbally committed to the Orange in May over other finalists Alabama, Iowa, Texas and Georgia Tech.

On Sunday, July 9, Team Takeover will face the Las Vegas-based Vegas Elite for the 17U Peach Jam crown. This encounter, to air on ESPNU, is scheduled to start at 4 pm from the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, S.C.

Syracuse basketball 2024 four-star commit Donnie Freeman is vying for a Peach Jam title.

The Peach Jam has taken place since Monday, July 3. Over the past few days, this prestigious event has transpired during an NCAA live period with college coaches in attendance.

In the 17U Peach Jam semifinals on Saturday evening, Syracuse basketball was in the house as Team Takeover defeated the Overland Park, Kan.-based MoKan Elite, 70-59, per a tweet from top scout Andrew Slater.

According to statistics on the EYBL Web site, when Team Takeover knocked off MoKan Elite, Donnie Freeman logged 28 minutes, 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal. He connected on 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.

Earlier on Saturday, in the Peach Jam quarterfinals, Team Takeover got by the Dallas-based Drive Nation, 55-49. In that win, Donnie Freeman tallied 23 minutes, 13 points, four rebounds and two blocks, while hitting on 5-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Team Takeover is one of the winningest programs in the history of the EYBL league. As I’ve noted numerous times, both Syracuse basketball head coach Adrian Autry and assistant coach Brenden Straughn previously served as assistants with the Team Takeover program.

An Orange five-star priority recruit in the 2024 cycle, meanwhile, fell in the quarterfinals of the 17U Peach Jam on Saturday. Jalil Bethea, a fast-rising 6-foot-4 guard, registered 31 minutes, 20 points, four rebounds and one steal, but his squad, the Philadelphia-based Team Final, lost 62-50 to MoKan Elite.

Bethea, who was offered a scholarship by the ‘Cuse in September of 2022 and took an official visit to the Hill the following month, was 8-of-19 from the field, 1-of-8 from deep and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.

Team Final was the favorite to cut down the nets heading into Peach Jam, as this group claimed the EYBL regular-season title by forging an impressive 16-1 overall record.

I’ll have updates after the 17U Peach Jam final contest on Sunday, and I’m wishing the best of luck to Donnie Freeman and his Team Takeover colleagues!

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