By Taylor Kauffman
At first of Might, former Parkview basketball standout Tyem Freeman dedicated to play on the College of Central Florida.
“I can’t wait to see the subsequent chapter in life and the place it takes me,” stated Parkview grad Tyem Freeman.
Tyem’s tweet asserting his dedication to the College of Central Florida might have come as a shock to some, however what’s extra stunning is his journey to get there.
“I believe my senior 12 months we might have had an actual shot at profitable state,” Freeman stated.
From 2016 to 2019 it was laborious to overlook Parkview’s Tyem Freeman. Each evening was one for the spotlight reel, which led to him signing with Missouri State, and being on the quilt of the O-Zone journal.
His senior 12 months, per week after signing with the Bears, Tyem tore his ACL.
“I truly keep in mind, I attempted to rise up and run it off, however I attempted to take that one step and it simply didn’t really feel proper. I needed to ask for a sub instantly,” Freeman stated.
Tye ended up crimson shirting his freshman 12 months at MSU after which transferred to Indian Hills junior school the place he targeted on his training.
“Taking the JUCO route appears surprising, nevertheless it was actually a blessing for me. I don’t assume I used to be prepared for faculty mentally but,” stated Freeman.
His mentality was examined in additional methods than one.
“JUCO ball is difficult. You’re continuously having to show your self. You’re getting neglected otherwise you’re not ok, since you’re a JUCO ball participant, and I simply wished to imply greater than that,” Freeman stated.
And in a single season, he went from coming off the bench to a primary workforce all American — and once more, Division-I faculties started to name.
“It was one of the best feeling listening to a coach speak to you and be inquisitive about you,” Freeman stated.
“What was it about UCF?” requested Ozone reporter Taylor Kauffman.
“I imply, I don’t know how one can move up on Johnny Dawkins. That’s a two-time All American,” stated Freeman.
His perseverance offers a timeless message, one he hopes others can be taught as nicely.
“My primary factor is simply by no means giving up, and at all times simply striving to be one of the best participant, individual, and human being I could be,” Freeman stated.
“And you’ve got 4 years of eligibility,” Kauffman stated.
“Yeah, that’s loopy,” Freeman laughed.
And whereas he leaves JUCO behind, he’s taking with him his greatest accomplishment so far.
“I’ve a level — the primary child in my household. I’ve a level,” Freeman stated.
Tye plans to go to Orlando, Florida on the finish of June.