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Freeman and UCLA go separate ways

One-time UCLA commit Allerik Freeman has opened up the recruiting process and is no longer committed to UCLA.

In somewhat of a surprise move, one-time UCLA commit Allerik Freeman decided to open up the recruiting process and the Bruins are apparently no longer an option. The high-profile prospect senior from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, in fact, plans to ask for a release from his letter of intent.

The nation's No. 21 shooting guard in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and No. 64 overall, Freeman committed to UCLA back in early September. And the 6-4 and 215-pound recruit recently said, right around two weeks ago, that he had intentions of calling Westwood his home for college ball.

Moreover, signs pointed to Freeman not being worried about Steve Alford replacing Ben Howland as coach at UCLA. He was essentially set to play for the Bruins. That is, until now.

In terms of the future for Freeman, it appears to be uncertain at this stage of the game. Before he committed to UCLA, Duke, Kansas, Villanova and Ohio State were among the finalists.

One thing is certain: His stock remains high. Aside from Freeman, Andrew Wiggins from Huntington (W.V.) Huntington Prep and Jermaine Lawrence from Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII are the only highly-touted unsigned players from the Class of 2013 to have not made a decision about the next level. Freeman could be a hot commodity.

The Bruins, on the other hand, are in a quandary of sorts.

Fellow seniors Zach LaVine from Bothell (Wash.), Noah Allen of Salinas (Calif.) Palma and Alford's son, Bryce, are the only UCLA signed recruits for this cycle. Each plans to maintain their pledge with the Bruins. The same can not be said about Freeman, however.

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