GB's Freeland Struggling With Form In Spain April 16, 2012 15:25
Great Britain international Joel Freeland, is having a difficult season in Spain, playing for Unicaja Malaga in the ACB. The GB star has struggled with injuries and illness this year after initially starting the season in dominate form, when he was named ACB Player of the Month for October.
But, with only 102 days left until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, time is fast running out to get in shape for the British big man.
When speaking to a Spanish newspaper, Freeland said, “I think it’s a little bit of everything. These two months have been tough for me physically, I’ve had two injuries in the ankle, sore back, and flu … There are many things. It is an accumulation of everything. I’m not at my best yet and the team is down and it seems that everything is more difficult than it is. But no excuses, I have to get my level and work hard every day to do so.”
This season for Unicaja Malaga, Freeland is averaging 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. But, in the last seven games his scoring average has dipped to 7.8 points.
Freeland, 25, was selected 30th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2006 NBA Draft, but, was advised to stay in Europe to work on his game before he made the jump to the NBA.