2017 Hall of Fame: Matt Freije

Sept. 1, 2017

Matt Freije always dreamed of having his children watch him play professional basketball. But despite a decade-plus career in the NBA and overseas, Freije’s two kids never got a chance to watch their dad play hoops.

That’s exactly why an induction into Vanderbilt Hall of Fame means a little more to Freije, a former All-American with the Commodores.

“This is something that I’ll be able to do and they’ll be able to see and be a part of,” Freije said. “So it’s pretty special.”

Freije, a member of the 2017 Vanderbilt Hall of Fame class, played for the Dores from 2000-04 and left as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,891 points). In 2004, Freije led the Commodores to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1993. That year the 6-10 forward averaged 18.4 points per game en route to All-SEC and All-America honors.

The Miami Heat selected Freije with the 53rd overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, and he went on to play for the New Orleans Hornets (2005) and Atlanta Hawks (2007) during his NBA career. Freije also enjoyed a lengthy international playing career following his NBA stint.

Though it hasn’t been long since Freije suited up for Vanderbilt, his name no longer sits atop the school’s career scoring list. Shan Foster (2,011 points) and Jeffery Taylor (1,897) have since relegated Freije to third in the overall record book. But don’t expect Freije to bristle at that notion.

“It’s just great that we’ve had so many good players come after me,” Freije said.

All 2017 Vanderbilt Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during the Commodores' home football opener against Alabama A&M on Sept. 9.
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