•EDITOR’S NOTE: Please be advised that this is a special Overtime presentation dedicated to the life and times of Leroy Freeman. Scholar, husband, father, legend, friend!
:10—A clear recall growing up with “Leroy”…we’ll, call him “Leroy” right now. When I would visit my Aunt Jessie, God rest her soul, and my cousins “Bubble” and “Yi Yi”, yep, I said it, anyway, the walk up Charles Street to the park at age 7-8-9 was always headed by Leroy, and yes, he was the fastest, quickest, best jumper, best shooter, and best swimmer, even then.
:09—I wasn’t at Westinghouse High School when he played (I was at a real high school…Penn Hills! Let it go people. Keep it movin’. Save the hate for someone who cares. (C’mon, just jokin!) In any event, I will tell you what others told me. He was determined, aggressive and relentless, especially on the boards. So much so that “Freeman” made such a name for himself that the University of Pittsburgh gave him a full scholarship to play basketball.
:08—To be sure, at that time, a Pitt scholarship meant you were sitting on top of the world, but the view from where “Freeman” sat was not the one he envisioned. He was good enough and talented enough to be the premier player on the visiting scout team, but not enough to be a star on the Pitt team. Go figure.