CCC alumni Brian Freeman getting his feet wet in professional basketballNovember 22, 2010
Oregon City, OR -- Former NWAACC MVP and Clackamas Cougar Brian Freeman is playing professional basketball in Holland. His team is based in Rotterdam.
“It’s really a great opportunity in a pretty good league," said Freeman on playing with Rotterdam. "It’s a good contract, especially for a second year player; it allows me to save a lot of money while playing ball and getting a great educational and cultural experience,”
It’s a dream come true for him; he was born in Holland and has always had the goal of playing professionally in Europe.
Last season, Freeman played for a professional team in Poland. He is enjoying the myriad opportunities to experience European culttures while getting paid to do what he loves. “It’s great,” he says. “To be honest, it’s a really good life; your schedule revolves around basketball, but my work is my play and I get paid to do it. I’d like to play as long as I am able and then go into the fitness business.” His degree is in business.
Freeman had a hall of fame caliber NWAACC career at CCC, playing in 2005 and 2007. His 2005 team captured 3rd place at the NWAACC tourney and finished with a record of 24-7 and he was named 1st team Southern Region. In 2007 he led his team on a magical championship season run to finished the year with a 21-game winning streak, an undefeated Southern Region title, and an NWAACC championship. He was named the Southern Region MVP and the NWAACC MVP as the Cougars fashioned a history-making 29-4 record.
Freeman was also an NWAACC scholar-athlete. He was actively recruited by over 50 schools while at CCC and signed at Long Beach State University. There, his 2008 team struggled to a last place, but improved greatly in 2009. With Freeman in the starting lineup, the 49ers captured the runner-up spot in the Big West Conference and a finished with a respectable 15-15 record.
“What a neat deal for him,” said Coach Wegner. “To have seen him work so hard to achieve and prosper while dealing with a lot of adversity is just great. We at CCC are all happy for him proud of him.”
6'10" Brian Freeman (#24) and his Clackamas team posing for
the 2007 NWAACC championship photo.