Adam Frerichs made his brother Isaac his first draft pick in basketball.
Turns out Adam may have a future as a general manager.
Isaac Frerichs was in kindergarten when third-grader Adam needed an extra player, so Isaac was his first choice.
“I fell in love with basketball and I was a little guy playing against third-graders, then shooting hoops in the driveway and playing basketball with dad (Brad) in the shed on the farm,” Isaac Frerichs said. “All that time paid off, I guess.”
Frerichs, now a high school senior, has helped Freeman High School in Adams to a 5-0 start. He scored a season-high 36 points against Lincoln Christian and is averaging 22 points, five rebounds, five assists, and is shooting 42 percent on three-pointers.
“Isaac understands so much about the game, he’s important in getting the message on the court,” Freeman coach Jim McLaughlin said. “With Isaac, Cullin (Bloom) and Calan (Sedlacek), we have three leaders who play consistent and get the other guys into their roles and help the whole team.”
Sedlacek, a junior, scored 30 points Tuesday against H-TR-S, while Frerichs had 16 in the Falcons' 72-41 victory.
“My job is to get everybody to score and do some scoring myself,” Frerichs said. “If everybody scores, then we should win.”
That’s a big change for Frerichs since his freshman year, when he started his first game for the Falcons.
“I was passive on offense and didn’t look to score,” he said. “Now I look to get teammates open, adjust to the game and help others make adjustments.”
McLaughlin said Frerichs has improved his three-point shooting this year. That gives the 6-foot-2 senior one more weapon against opposing defenses. “Isaac is tough enough to guard, and if you add in the three-pointers, he’s even tougher.”
Frerichs earned Class C-2 all-state recognition in football and was a member of the Bison All-Star basketball team last summer.
“Playing with the Bison team, I learned a lot,” he said. “Everybody at that level is really good. When we played in California and Las Vegas, we saw the highest level of high school players and every game was fast and every player was strong. You learn the importance of playing possession by possession.”
Football helped Frerichs and the rest of the basketball team, too.
The Falcons reached the second round of the playoffs for the first time, in their first season playing 11-man football.
“Football success gave us confidence and we’re ready to do some winning in basketball,” Frerichs said.
Frerichs has been recruited by Doane, but is leaning toward going to Nebraska and getting his degree in agricultural engineering.
“I have to be 100 percent into something for it to be worthwhile and basketball, and any sport, is like a part-time job outside of school.”