Trey Freeman named Big South Freshman of the Week for 3rd time

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – For the third time this year, Trey Freeman of Campbell University has been named the Crons Brand Big South Conference men's basketball freshman of the week.

A 6-foot-2 point guard from Virginia Beach, Va., Freeman averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals in a pair of games, while shooting 100 percent (12-12) from the line and 46 percent (12-26) from the floor, including 4-6 from 3-point range.

Freeman led the Camels to a 62-57 win over Charleston Southern last Thursday by scoring 22 points, including 10-of-10 from the line, grabbing 7 rebounds, dealing 7 assists and making 3 steals in 32 minutes.

He added 18 points (7-13 FG, 2-2 threes, 2-2 FT) and 7 assists in a 69-67 loss Saturday to Presbyterian.

On the year, Freeman leads the Big South in foul shooting (.875), while ranking 5th in assists (4.13), 9th in field goal accuracy (.469) and 13th in scoring (15.0). He tops all Big South freshmen in scoring, assists, field goal and free throw shooting and ranks 11th among the country's top freshman scorers.

Freeman was previously recognized as the league's top freshman on Nov. 21 and Dec. 12.  He was selected to the Run the Floor Mid-Season All-Freshman Team on Jan. 8.

He is a 2011 graduate of Kellam High School and was named Beach District Player of the Year as well as 2nd-team all-state as a senior.

Fighting Camels Monday Notebook:

Campbell (15-11, 9-5 Big South) is tied for 4th in the country in team field goal percentage (.499) with Missouri, behind only Creighton (.512), Coastal Carolina (.501) and Iona (.500).

Eric Griffin leads the Big South and ranks 6th nationally with a 62.9 field goal percentage.  He has scored in double figures in 17-straight games, the longest active stretch of any Big South player.  Griffin also tops the league in blocks (2.28) while ranking 2nd in rebounds (8.7) and 8th in scoring (16.7).

CU plays at Coastal Carolina (17-5, 10-2) Tuesday (7:00) in a match-up of two of the country's 5 best shooting clubs.  The Camels defeated the Chants 70-65 in OT on Jan. 2 at Buies Creek as CU held Coastal to 0-7 from the field in the extra period.

Thursday's win over Charleston Southern was the 99th career coaching victory for head coach Robbie Laing.

Senior Lorne Merthie enters Tuesday's game only 12 points shy of becoming the 25th player in CU history (since '61-62) to reach 1,000 in his career.

Thursday's 7 p.m. contest vs. Winthrop marks the final regular season home playing appearance for 3 CU seniors – Amir Celestin, Griffin and Merthie.