Schenectady High grad spreads message of belief at camp – New York News

BALLSTON SPA — Rashaun Freeman remembers the day it all clicked.

It was his junior season at Schenectady High School, and providing the inspiration was University of Texas big man James Thomas, who just a few years before had helped lead the Patriots to a state basketball championship.

“We scrimmaged Christ the King, and as part of our trip to the city, we went to the see the Preseason NIT. It was Texas against Temple,” Freeman said. “That’s when I realized it is possible, and from that point on, everything changed. Everything moved forward. My work ethic changed. I was more positive.”

Freeman emerged as a key player when Schenectady captured its second New York title in 2001, and as a senior the following year he continued to flourish. After a superb career at the University of Massachusetts where he was a three-time Atlantic 10 first-team selection, the 6-foot-9 center/power forward went pro in a career that’s taken him to such locations as Russia, France, Germany, Belgium and Puerto Rico.

“I had the talent but I didn’t believe in myself,” the 33-year-old Freeman said. “You’ve always got people trying to kill your dreams. I figured I would play junior college and get a job, but after watching James Thomas, I thought, ‘This is something within my reach.’ The biggest thing for me was believing.”

That’s the theme Freeman was spreading this week at the Ballston Spa Boys’ and Girls’ Booster Club Basketball Camp.

“Don’t let there be a wall,” Freeman, who goes by ‘Ray Ray’ to his friends and family,  said of his message. “You’re going to have people tell you…

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