I have been told that basketball prospect Kareem Jamar has narrowed his choice of colleges to the University of Portland and the University of Montana after recently completing trips to both schools. Jamar narrowed this list down from a wide variety of schools that were recruiting him.
Kareem Jamar is a 6-4 (possibly 6-5) 180 pound small forward prospect out of Westchester high school in Los Angeles California. I know I have referred to a few schools as power house schools but Westchester truly is a national power after finishing last season ranked #3 in the nation by USA today. Westchester beat current Griz freshman Will Cherry’s Oakland McClymonds team in the State championship to take the California Crown. Westchester featured two senior players that were recruited by D-1 colleges. This year it appears they will out due that with at least four seniors who are being actively recruited by D-1 teams, including Dwayne Polee who has committed to USC.
I could not find Jamar’s official stats but I believe he averaged around 10 points a game last season. ESPN has given Jamar a rating of 85and have him listed as the #79th small forward in the country. Here is their evaluation, although they are over a year old.
December, 2008: Jamar is prototypical blue-collar type for the next level. He has a terrific frame with long arms and overall solid athleticism, but the level of his recruitment will depend on the development of his perimeter skills, specifically his jump shot. He needs to get more lift on his shot because its trajectory is quite flat. Despite his erratic jump shot, Jamar does the necessary things during the game that win you ball games. He is an outstanding rebounder for his size and he has a knack for being around the ball at all times. In addition, he is a very good passer due to his savvy for the game.
September, 2008: Jamar emerged this summer as one of the top sleepers on the west coast. He has a solid frame with some decent length and he has some bounce as well. He is a prototypical “glue-type” that can help your team in a variety of ways. His strong physique allows him to grab rebounds in traffic amongst the bigs. In addition, his jump shot is solid and consistent out to the stripe. His release is relatively smooth and his shot has a soft landing most of the time. He is most consistent in a catch-n-shoot situation, but he can also hit it in transition. In order for him to reach his potential he needs to get better with the ball in his hands and develop a mid-range pull-up jump shot.
Sportssection.com part of the Rivals network gave him the following evaluations this past summer.
6’5″ 2010 Kareem Jamar of Westchester HS, Los Angeles, CA(Hoopmasters)
– Three-man who is athletic, handles and passes it and can finish in transition
6’4 Kareem Jamar SF 2010 Westchester HS (CA)
In a world of very little defense he is stepping up on that end of the court in a big way. Has shown the ability to lock down good offensive players one on one on a consistent basis. He is a proven perimeter shooter who also can get to the basket fairly well. Mid majors should be on him hard.
Before narrowing his schools to Portland and Montana I am told he was also receiving interest from Oregon State, Texas A & M, Texas El Paso, Detroit, Iowa and UC Riverside. At one point even the University of Kentucky was expressing an interest.