Iowa Basketball 2023 Commit Owen Freeman Receives Initial Ranking On 247Sports

Earlier this week, Bradley-Bourbonnais (Ill.) 2023 forward

Owen Freeman

announced his commitment to Iowa basketball.

Freeman, who is listed at 6-foot-10, took an official visit to Iowa this past weekend and chose the Hawkeyes over offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan State, Illinois, Butler, and a handful of other schools showing interest.

On Wednesday, 247Sports released its updated rankings for the class of 2023, and Freeman was slotted as the No. 136 prospect nationally, No. 17 power forward and the No. 8 player from the state of Illinois.

Freeman is the first commit in the Hawkeyes' 2023 class. Iowa is also heavily in the mix for Worcester (Mass.) Academy forward

TJ Power

and Bixby (Okla.) shooting guard

Parker Friedrichsen

in that recruiting cycle among others. Power took an official visit to Iowa the same weekend as Freeman while Friedrichsen is scheduled to take an official to Iowa City this upcoming weekend.

Freeman is a skilled big man with a lot of intriguing upside to work with. 247Spots National Director of basketball recruiting Eric Bossi recently highlighted Freeman and how he'd fit at Iowa in this article.

"What immediately jumps out about Freeman is the way in which he runs the court," Bossi wrote. "He covers the ground with long, graceful strides and never labors to keep up with the pace of the game. Not only can he run, he has excellent hands and does a great job of catching, gathering and making his way into a move while on the run. Freeman has a nice looking jump shot and is going to be a guy who is capable of stretching defenses from deep and he has good footwork in the post making him comfortable as a scorer with his back to the basket. The inside/out offense is there and maybe the most impressive thing about Freeman is his ability to handle the ball and pass for a big man."

Basketball is a big deal in the Freeman family.

Zach Freeman, Freeman's father, has a pretty impressive basketball pedigree. He was a standout at Mount Zion (Ill.) High School and was an NAIA All-American at Olivet Nazarene University. He’s ONU’s second-leading scorer (2,768 points), is 14th in career assists (391), the program’s leading rebounder (1,234), leads the program in steals (182) and is third in blocks (112).

Christiana Freeman

, Freeman's mother, was an All-American at ONU and is an assistant coach on the women’s basketball team.

As Freeman and his family were leaving Iowa City last weekend, Freeman felt the urge to commit to the Hawkeyes. He prayed about it and realized that he was making the right decision.

"I was talking to my parents and I told them I might just end up committing to Iowa," Freeman said. "I wasn’t sure yet, but I’m a man of faith, and I was praying about it so on the way home, I found peace with it. I felt like that was God telling me that this is where I’m supposed to be. So I told my mom and dad this is where I’m going. They were all-in and that’s how I kind of knew.”

Freeman said that Iowa head coach

Fran McCaffery

believes he can fit in well in Iowa City.

“He said I could play the three, four, or five, push the ball, and also get in the post," Freeman said. "I can be a versatile guy that guards out on the perimeter, too. I feel like I fit perfectly.”

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Iowa basketball 2023 commit Owen Freeman receives initial ranking on 247Sports

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Iowa basketball 2023 commit Owen Freeman receives initial ranking on 247Sports