The expectations were high for the debut of freshman point guard Spencer Freedman of Santa Monica. All the reports about him as an eighth-grader from camps and competitions indicated he had the potential to be a big-time impact player in high school basketball.
And based on his first game on Wednesday, when he scored 31 points and missed just two shots in a Santa Monica win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the Crespi tournament, let's just say Vikings fans are going to be excited.
"He's a special talent," Coach James Hecht said.
Whether scoring off the dribble or making threes, Freedman was doing the little things expected of a point guard. And just wait until Santa Monica is at full strength. Besides Freedman, the Vikings' guard trio will include junior Jonah Mathews, who was a top scorer last season, and senior Nuwr'iyl Williams, who has several scholarship offers and is recovering from ACL surgery.
Hecht didn't even wait to see what Freedman could do. He inserted him into the lineup from the opening jump ball, and Freedman played his role as a distributor and scorer when needed.
He's clearly ready to make an impact from the outset this coming season.