WYE MILLS — Chesapeake College has risen to No. 12 in the latest NJCAA Division II men’s basketball rankings, and Kent County High School graduate JayShaun Freeman has played a significant role in the Skipjacks’ success.
A 6-foot guard, Freeman has started all 12 games for 11-1 Chesapeake. He leads the team in minutes played per game (32.9) and is second in points per game (16.8). He also is averaging 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game, while committing only 1.8 fouls a game.
Chesapeake headed into the winter break on a seven-game winning streak.
The only loss is 82-78 to Harcum (15-1) on Nov. 18. Freeman played all 40 minutes in that game.
Chesapeake returns to action Saturday, Jan. 15 at Allegany College of Maryland.
Freeman, a 2020 KCHS graduate, was a two-time team MVP and All-North Bayside Conference performer.
He is a member of the Trojans’ exclusive 1,000-point club, finishing with 1,570 career points.
In Freeman’s senior year, coaches returned him to the All-North first team even though he was sidelined for nearly six weeks due to a toe injury. He averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and four steals in 12 games.
”Jay was a good 70% of our offense. He controlled the game and teams had to play us differently with him,” said Kent County head coach Sobaye Scott.
Freeman was the Player of the Year in the North division of the Bayside Conference in 2018-19 when he led the Trojans in all offensive categories. His jaw-dropping numbers included 29.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, seven assists and five steals a game.
He eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone Jan. 22, 2019 in a 71-66 victory at border rival Queen Anne’s, leading all players with 35 points.
Freeman scored a career-high 47 points, one point shy of what is believed to be the school record, in a 72-69 loss to Parkside in January 2019.
Freeman was the only freshman on Kent’s 2016-17 team that won 20 games and advanced to the state semifinals.