Monday, May 19, 2008

Goodbye Jamal, Hello Jamel!


As everyone knows, spring is a time of rebirth. It’s no surprise then that with the graduation of Jamal Nutter, Bobby G decided to fill that void with a near exact phonetic equivalent, securing a verbal commitment from talented two-guard Jamel Jackson over the weekend. Can you say, KISMET?!?!!?

Beyond the obvious, Jamal and Jamel have a lot in common. Both are great shooters. And both have made their fair share of mistakes. After being named the New York Post player of the year, Jamel Jackson suffered somewhat academically, bouncing around a couple different prep schools before landing at Manhattan’s TCI, a junior college located in the literal shadow of one of professional basketball’s most storied edifices – Madison Square Garden. But just like most shade plants, Jamel needed his moments in the sun in order to yield fruit. In fact, he shined pretty much throughout his freshman year, dropping more than 6 three-pointers in multiple games.

Jamal, too, endured his struggles. When he entered Seton Hall prep, he was just a boy. And like all boys, he made occasional errors in judgment. With 9 years wearing the Pirate blue, however, Jamal leaves SHU more mature than most, with a family to call his own and the many responsibilities that come with that.

Are there reasons for concern? Sure. Jamel is undersized at 180 pounds, and it’s unclear if he’s prepared physically for the rigors of the Big East. Also, is Jamel going to play the role of understudy for Hazell, our already highly talented shooter (McGavin?!?!?)

Time will tell. I currently have a call in to Parnell Hosier, the head coach of men’s basketball at TCI. We’ll be sure to send along developments as they come…

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