Driving under the influence and reckless driving are among seven violations former Georgetown guard Austin Freeman is facing following a traffic stop less than two days after he was passed over in last month’s NBA draft. According to Hyattsville District Court records, Freeman was pulled over on June 25 at 4:08 a.m. on Route 50 in Prince George’s County by Maryland State Police. The draft took place on June 23. Freeman, 22, was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, which is punishable by up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and a 45-day suspension of a driver’s license for the first offense. The legal limit for a driver’s blood alcohol level in Maryland is .08 percent.
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Freeman’s change in appearance also reflects the reality that has changed for a player who was named a McDonald’s All-American as a senior in high school but now is working just to prove to NBA teams that he’s a viable second-round selection. “Anywhere, as long as I get picked,” Freeman said of where he’s likely to go, “just to be able to come in and help my team win, in any way possible.” Freeman worked out for the Wizards alongside Illinois forward and Alexandria native Mike Davis (T.C. Williams), Talor Battle (Penn State), Papa Dia (SMU), Justin Hurtt (Tulsa) and Ravern Johnson (Mississippi State). “It’s different from Champaign, a little old town, just flat hills and nothing really there,” said Davis, a long, athletic forward who averaged 12. 5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a senior for the Illini. “Being back in the city and close to home is awesome. There’s nothing like it.”
The Los Angeles Lakers will host a workout on Tuesday that will include Andrew Goudelock, Austin Freeman and Diante Garrett. All three of them could be options with the Lakers’ four second-round picks.