Update on future Griz: Kareem Jamar

Kareem Jamar 6-5 Westchester High School La Verne, California

Kareem Jamar’s star has star began to rise about a year ago, and fortunately for the Grizzly’s Wayne Tinkle jumped on board early and got a real steal in Jamar. A known commodity in California as a journeyman type player who was projected low major prospect about 12-18 months ago. He good quicks and athleticism although not outstanding, and had somewhat suspect perimeter shooting. Last summer in the AAU circuit he showed unveiled to the college coaches a new found perimeter game that really started his rise on the recruiting charts. This rise continued on this winters during the high school season as his star really shined. The Griz though, by this time already had a commitment from Jamar.

Jamar played for Westchester high school in Los Angeles, California which just won its second strait Div.-1 state championship this past week end. Westchester features a minimum 4 players who will sign this year with two D-1 teams this year, and who knows how many underclassmen will eventually sign. Westchester played a national scheduled this year playing tournaments in Oregon, Nevada, and the northeast. They were ranked in national high school top 25 for most of the season.

Kareem Jamar averaged 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals a game but had some big games in big situations. He is a solid athlete, but not quite the athlete that Griz saw in Will Cherry this year. He has developed a nice perimeter game but is still a little streaky. He has had some big 3 three point shooting nights and then some games where it was not so good. Jamar’s strength is and always has been he does what ever it takes to win. He is a very good defensive player, solid rebounder from the guard spot, and is a physical player.

Barring a major surprise Jamar will play next season for the Griz. He has the talent, he plays the spots the Griz will need help at and he seems to have the what ever it takes attitude. I talked to a friend in California and in his opinion Jamar is an impact player, but he would still rank Cherry a little higher at the same point. He needs to still work on his perimeter shot to gain more consistency.

Here is ESPN’s evalutation

Kareem Jamar | SF

Hometown Los Angeles, CA
High School Westchester High School
Position rank Small Forward # 31
Height 6’5″
Weight 190 lbs.

ESPN Overall Rating 91
ESPN Center Rank # 31

December, 2009: Jamar is quickly cruising up the scouting rankings due to his savvy and physical play. He has a high basketball IQ and a bevy of savvy at both ends of the floor. The best aspect of his game is his mental approach. He is an outstanding perimeter defender, rebounder, and a much-improved scorer and jump shooter. Overall, he is the prototypical glue-type that ignites teams to championship runs. When it’s all said and down, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up having the most successful college career over his more heavily acclaimed teammates Jordin Mayes and Dwayne Polee.

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.

Last fall it came down to the Griz program and Portland before Jamar choose the Griz. Quite a few of California schools as well as some east coast schools were interested. Jamar is committed currently and not officially signed and I have heard that some mid-major schools inquired this winter to his availability. Every thing I have seen written on the web or in prints indicates that his commitment to the Griz is solid. From the people I have talked to in California they also have told me that despite other schools showing interest he seems to be firmly committed. There is the thought is that it would take an offer from a high to elite major offer to change his mind.


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