Before game time kicked off for Oak Hill last Friday at the Marshall County Hoopsfest, Lennard Freeman received some motivation.
The 2013 big was offered by N.C. State, where Mark Gottfried and a bevy of other coaches took in the event in Benton, Kentucky.
"You get all excited with all these big-time coaches watching you," Freeman said. "But then, after all of the hard work, you're just like 'yeah, I deserve it,' but I still feel blessed to have coaches watching me."
Freeman uses the attention as motivation to get better and is still humbled coaches extending offers and time with him.
"I was really happy with the offer from N.C. State," Freeman said. "It made me feel like I'm a big-time player to get that offer."
According to Freeman, Memphis, Xavier, Villanova, Temple, UAB, and George Washington have all offered him.
"N.C. State has been recruiting me for a while," the 6-foot-8 post player said. "Once I made the move to Oak Hill, (Mark Gottfried) came to a couple of workouts and a couple of games, and he was just like 'alright, we want you.'"
Freeman claims all the schools involved are even, for now, and that they are all pushing for his services.
"All of my schools are recruiting me hard that have offered me," he said. "I'm texting coaches everyday. No one's really standing out, for real."
Oak Hill teammate Sindarius Thornwell - a South Carolina signee - has been Freeman's biggest recruiter though.
Thornwell has been preaching to the South Carolina coaching staff that they should bring him along as well.
"Once (Thornwell) committed, he started talking to me like every day about coming with him," Freeman said. "South Carolina's young, so their on the horizon. They have good freshmen like Michael (Carrera), and they have a good class coming in with Sindarius.
"I've talked to Frank Martin, but (Thornwell) is my biggest recruiter."
But right now, Freeman's biggest decision might not be where he will play in college, it'll be when will he get there.
Freeman is currently in the 2013 class, but he's heavily considering re-classifying to 2014.
"I'm leaning toward to (re-classing) because I'm only 16," he said. "If I was in my right grade, that would give me more time to develop and mature and everything. I'll probably re-class and go back to my right grade. Now, I'm playing up, basically, and I'm playing with older people. So, if I was in my right grade, playing with people my age, I would probably standout more.
"I'll probably make a decision at the end of the season. We'll have to see how my recruitment is going, but I'm probably leaning toward going to 2014."
Freeman has no official visits set up, but he did talk about a couple of games he plans to attend during the college season.
"I'm going to the Xavier-Cincinnati game," he said. "I'm going to watch G.W., and we'll probably go to Memphis and N.C. State."
As far as location, the D.C. native said he doesn't mind leaving home. He just wants to find a good fit for him.
"It doesn't matter where I'm playing," he said. "I'm at Oak Hill, now. I don't have no problem with leaving home."