In the history of basketball in Los Angeles, one of the greatest “playground legends” was Freeman Williams from Manual Arts High School.
He was doing things in the 1970s long before the Ball brothers of Chino Hills came onto the scene.
“In those days, there was no three-point line, but Freeman took shots from such a distance that if they had a three-point line, he might have records that were still standing,” former Manual Arts Coach Reggie Morris Sr. said. “He’d shoot the ball right inside the half-court line and let it go.”
Williams graduated from Manual Arts in 1974 and went on to Portland State. In 1977, he led the NCAA in scoring with an average of 38.8...