WORTON — JayShaun Freeman’s MVP numbers added up to Player of the Year accolades.
The junior guard who led Kent County in all offensive categories was the runaway choice as the best basketball player in the North division of the Bayside Conference, according to the coaches’ vote.
“It was impossible to contain him,” Kent coach Sobaye Scott said of Freeman, who averaged nearly 30 points a game despite routinely being double- and triple-teamed.
Gifted with what Scott described as “superb” court vision and “lights out” accuracy from the foul line in, Freeman had the green light to shoot — always.
Freeman is so dominating that “when he has the ball in his hands, he controls the game,” Scott said of the Trojans’ 2018-19 most valuable player.
The slightly built 5-foot-11 shooting guard/point guard put up jaw-dropping numbers this season for the 8-12 Trojans: 29.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, seven assists and five steals per game.
Freeman eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone Jan. 22 in a 71-66 victory at border rival Queen Anne’s, leading all players with 35 points.
He scored a career-high 47 points, one point shy of what is believed to be the program record, in a 72-69 loss to Parkside in early February.
Scott estimated that Freeman scored nearly half of his 1,303 career points in 2018-19. “He played a lot of minutes,” the coach said.
Hard work as much as athleticism and talent has made Freeman the player he is, Scott said.
“He’s always the first person in the gym and the last to leave. Even when he’s not practicing, he’s working on improving his game, whether it’s doing strength and conditioning or getting in extra shots,” Scott said.
Freeman embraced a leadership role this season, after playing in the shadow of Manny Camper (now a starter at Division I Siena College) on the state semifinal team of 2016-17 and a handful of seniors on the 2017-18 team that won 18 games.
Scott said what comes readily to mind in any discussion of Freeman is his growth as a player, his unselfishness, “taking on the responsibility of trying to get his teammates involved. He passed up a lot of good looks to get his teammates a feel for the game.”
“You would think a player of his caliber, the team might not gravitate to him, that there might be some jealousy, but that’s not the case,” Scott said. “His teammates love being a teammate to him.”
Joining Freeman on the All-North first team are Easton senior forward/center Jaedon Copper, Easton senior guard Lamont Powell Jr., Kent Island senior forward Ta’Quan Courtney and Colonel Richardson junior guard/forward Diante Dickerson.