Syracuse basketball 4-star commit Donnie Freeman scores Peach Jam title

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 four-star commit Donnie Freeman from Washington, D.C., is a 2023 Peach Jam champion.

Buoyed by a strong second half from the 6-foot-9 Freeman in Sunday’s title contest on the Nike EYBL circuit, the D.C.-based Team Takeover defeated the Las Vegas-based Vegas Elite for the Peach Jam’s 17U crown.

Playing on a national broadcast, with ESPNU airing this championship game, Freeman struggled in the first half, tallying just two points.

However, the talented power forward turned it on after the intermission, proving a key contributor as Team Takeover cut down the nets at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, S.C. First and foremost, a huge congratulations to Donnie Freeman and the entire Team Takeover 17U program!

Syracuse basketball 2024 four-star commit Donnie Freeman has won this year’s Peach Jam.

Per the EYBL Web site, against Vegas Elite, Freeman logged 20 minutes. He finished with 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and one block. Donnie Freeman, whose scoring included a thunderous dunk, connected on 5-of-10 from the field, 1-of-1 from 3-point land and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Darren Harris, a 2024 four-star small forward who is verbally committed to fellow Atlantic Coast Conference squad Duke, led Team Takeover with a game-high 28 points, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.

As the Peach Jam transpired from July 3 to July 9, Team Takeover’s 17U squad compiled a perfect 8-0 mark. In the EYBL’s regular season that went from late April to late May, Team Takeover arrived in first place within its division, forging an overall record of 14-3.

Part of the Peach Jam occurred during an NCAA live period where college coaches could watch high-school prospects in person, and media reports stated that the Orange coaching staff was in attendance for at least one of Freeman’s games, if not more than that.

In his eight Peach Jam encounters, Donnie Freeman averaged 24.4 minutes, 12.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest, while hitting on 46.1 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from deep and 65.2 percent from the charity stripe.

In May, Freeman verbally committed to Syracuse basketball over other finalists Alabama, Iowa, Texas and Georgia Tech. He and four-star shooting guard Elijah Moore from New York City, who pledged to the ‘Cuse in late January, make up the Orange’s two-member 2024 class that is presently rated in the top 10 around the country.

During the 2022-23 campaign, as a junior, Donnie Freeman earned All-America honors for his play on behalf of the nationally ranked St. John’s College High School in D.C. St. John’s is forecast by some high-school hoops experts as a preseason top-25 squad ahead of 2023-24, when Freeman will be a senior and should contend for All-America accolades yet again.

Within the 2024 cycle, multiple recruiting services rate Freeman as a top-40 overall player, a top-five power forward and the No. 1 prospect in our nation’s capital.

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