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January 18, 2012
Junior forward Tony Freeland, who was forced to miss the entire 2011-2012 season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery, has announced his intention to transfer from DePaul.
The 6-foot-7, 227-pound forward native of California was a significant contributor on the 2010-2011 roster. After playing inconsistently through his freshman season, Freeland averaged 24.6 minutes, 9.6 points, and 5 rebounds in 31 games as a sophomore.
Freeland got off to a strong start in non-conference play last season. His numbers, however, dropped steadily in conference play.
The energetic, under-sized power forward had difficulty playing against the tough frontlines of the Big East. A move to another conference may put him in a spot better suited for his ability.
For his career, Freeland averaged 18.6 minutes, 6.7 points, and 3.8 rebounds per game in 57 games. He shot 45.2 percent from the field for his career.
Freeland's departure leaves DePaul with two open scholarships for the 2012-2013 season. DePaul already has two strong wing prospects coming in next season-6-foot-5 forward DeJuan Marrero and 6-foot-6 wing Jodan Price-but could use the open scholarships to address needs in the frontcourt and a point guard for the future. Also, the local 2013 recruiting class has plenty of highly-rated prospects that DePaul has interest in.
Beginning in the 2012-2013 season, there will be zero players on the DePaul roster that played for the previous coaching regime.