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Freeland and Scott to Join Leopards

Ben Freeland is a 6-10 center/forward from Santa Rosa, Calif.

June 13, 2012

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette head coach Fran O'Hanlon has signed two student-athletes from California who will join the Leopards in 2012-13.

Ben Freeland (Santa Rosa, Calif./Montgomery/Suffield Academy) is a 6-10, 215-pound center/forward who spent a post-graduate year at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Conn. during the 2011-12 school year. Freeland averaged 11.0 points per game and served as captain for a 14-8 team which competes in the prestigious New England Prep School Athletic Conference. Freeland achieved All-NEPSAC Third-Team honors.

Freeland enjoyed a decorated career at Montgomery where he was a four-year starter. In his senior season, the 1000-point scorer was the North Bay League MVP and garnered Bay Area honorable mention recognition while leading his team to a 28-4 record and league and North Coast Section titles. He was named All-NBL First Team as a junior while guiding the Montgomery squad to a 24-8 mark. Freeland earned honorable mention status as a sophomore. He plans to major in Biology or Psychology.

"Ben has a very good feel for the game. He's good around the basket and has a jump shot out to 15 feet," O'Hanlon said. "Ben has a high basketball IQ and will certainly add to our frontcourt depth."

Bryce Scott (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge) is a 6-2, 185-pound combo guard out of Oak Ridge High School. Scott secured All-Tri City Athletic League awards in his sophomore junior and senior seasons. In his final campaign, Scott, averaged 23.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while leading his squad to a 16-13 mark. He collected All-City First-Team honors in that 2011-12 season.

As a junior, he guided his team to a 21-6 clip, averaging 18.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while notching All-City Second-Team laurels. In his sophomore season, the lefty contributed 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.



Bryce Scott is one of two players from California who will join the Leopards in 2012.

"Bryce is a classic `gym rat' and son of a high school coach," O'Hanlon said. "He is a good mid-range and three-point shooter and is able to get to the hoop and make plays. Bryce can definitely play a couple of different positions for us."

Freeland and Scott will join Golden State senior and All-Patriot League selection Tony Johnson (Folsom, Calif./Folsom) and fellow California native junior Les Smith (Cotati, Calif./Marin Catholic/Kimball Union Academy) on the Leopards' roster.

The Leopards will announce additional incoming student-athletes in the coming days.