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LINKS: Pro Hoyas in the News

Austin Freeman “stepping away” from the game...

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On the heels of Hoya Madness and BIG EAST Media Day, there has been some chatter about once-and-forever Georgetown Hoyas who are now competing at the professional level.

In particular, Austin Freeman appears to have announced his retirement earlier today and is looking to coach:

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The GAME has been everything to me. It has taken me places I never thought I would be. I have played against some of the best players in this world today. I’ve met and played for some great coaches. I have went through great things and also bad things in this game. Some of the great things: playing on one of the best AAU programs in the country (DC Assault) winning 3 straight WCAC titles, 3 City Titles, being named Washington Post POY (Shoutout my Man @kwamemorgan ), being a McDonalds All American, Jordan Brand All American, going to Georgetown, First team All Big East, GRADUATING from GTown, being able to play in different countries ( ). Some of y’all already know I was diagnosed with Diabetes at the end junior year of college might’ve been the longest 2 weeks of my life and maybe at that time some of the best basketball I was playing EVER!!!! Didn’t know if I was going to play again honestly I didn’t know anything at that time. But with the help of Ms. Michel (Gtown Trainer) and Dr.Stephen Clement they made my transition 10 times better. I want to thank my loved ones far and near for always being there for me, I want to thank ALL MY FRIENDS for everything. Thanks to all my teammates through the years from The Bowie Ballcats(if you know you know) All black kids one white boy and intense ass white coach (Danny Mayo), to my first ever AAU team the Panthers coached by Fred Brown (Gtown Guy), all my DC Assault guys, Maryland Crusaders, DC Blue Devils, Georgetown, FulgorLibertas Forli, Hapeol Eilat, Maccabi Ashdod, Iowa Energy, Capo D’Orlando, Virtus Roma, Reggio Calabria, and everyone in South America lol. And last I want to thank @mjhoops3 and JT3 for both giving me that opportunity to showcase my talent on the national stage and I appreciate both of you for that. With all that being said I will always love and appreciate this GAME and what it has done for me, but I’m stepping away from it and I think it’s time to start teaching what I learned and experienced in this GAME. #OneDematha #H4L #AFREE15 #T1D P.S. if anyone is looking for a assistant coach I’m ready!!! I’m All for the development of players!!!!!!

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The 30-year-old Freeman was playing in Columbia for the Titanes de Barranquilla.

Hollis Thompson signed a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Jeff Green is with the Jazz, as captured in this photo by CasualHoya:

Chris Wright is with Polski Cukier Toruń:

Otto Porter is a veteran presence on the Bulls.

Otto Porter Jr. embraces a veteran role on this Bulls’ team | WGNTV

So where does he start? Being open to teaching from Jim Boylen and his staff.

“That’s being professional, being coachable. I think that’s the biggest thing – especially with the younger guys; learning is the biggest thing you can do right now,” said Porter. “Just being coachable, being professional. That’s our job and that’s what we come here to do.”

If he can accomplish that, perhaps he can cultivate the culture which may help the Bulls live up to the goal of the playoffs set for them by team executive vice president John Paxson. Porter referenced his four runs to the playoffs in Washington as to why bringing the group together as a unit can pay off late in the season. “All the teams that we’ve been on when we’ve made the playoffs, we were in good position. We were good mentally and we had a lot of chemistry. That was the biggest thing,” said Porter.

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