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April 5, 2013

Freeman set to come to UCLA as a point guard

Four-star UCLA signee Allerik Freeman has two things he needs Bruin fans to know.

The first: He's going to be attending UCLA this fall.

"I've been a Bruin," he said. "And I am a Bruin."

The second: As far as he's concerned, there shouldn't be any questions surrounding the Bruins point guard position next year.

"I feel like the point guard is my natural position," Freeman said. "I prefer to play the one, and I'm doing my best to work on that and I foresee myself playing the one at UCLA."

The first bit of news isn't nearly as noteworthy as the second, considering there wasn't much expectation for him to ask for a release from UCLA. But still, it's relevant.

After Ben Howland's firing last month, there were questions surrounding all of UCLA's signees and their future UCLA situations.

But after talking with Steve Alford this week, everything is all good.

"We were just talking and getting to know each other and having a conversation," Freeman said of his chat with the Bruins new coach. "He told me about himself, he told me about his previous coaching and where he coached and his NBA career. We talked for a minute, and I just told him I'm excited to be coached by him and his staff. He said he's seen me play and is excited to coach me and we're both excited about the future."

The future, however, is the most interesting part of Freeman's story.

Freeman is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard who many projected as a two at the next level. He said that's simply not the case, and he'll come to Westwood as a pure PG.

"I feel like the one is my natural position," Freeman reiterated earlier this week.

It's big news for the Bruins, considering Kyle Anderson is the only returning player on the roster with point guard experience. It also means UCLA may not have to look for a last-minute PG in the late signing period.

Whatever the case may be, Freeman can't wait to get on campus and get started.

"I plan on getting on campus as soon as possible and training with the team and getting acclimated in the weight room," Freeman said. "I'm looking forward to meeting coach and getting a great start."


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