Well rounded wing looking for attention

You looking for a wing player that does a little bit of everything well? Then all you have to do is travel to San Diego. No, I'm not talking about Chase Budinger, there is another San Diego player turning heads on the recruiting scene.

Get used to hearing about Jamelle Horne. Watch the 6-6 wing for a just a few minutes and you'll see the Hoover High School product all over the floor. He attacks the basket, then launches a three. He'll clean the glass then send a shot right back at you.

Right now he looks like he could be a high major prospect.

"In a 2007 West Coast class that is full of wings, Horne has as big an upside as any of them," said West Coast recruiting analyst Greg Hicks. "He will likely be recruited by top schools across the country."

He has a great body for a small forward. He's tall, long and has just enough muscle to take the ball to the rack without fear.

He's athletic and explosive and has just a great feel for the game.

Right now he is in the early stages of his recruiting. Until the written offers start pouring in, he does not really consider who is recruiting him. He is working hard to become an elite player so that the nation's "bigger programs" will come calling.

He did admit that North Carolina is a program that he kept an eye on as a kid and Arizona coaches have been by his high school. The Wildcats seem to be a team that will be in the mix.

"I would definitely consider Arizona," Horne said. "They are the kind of style that I like, the run and gun. So I like that."

Jamelle's father indicated that he too likes the Wildcats' high octane style and respects what Lute Olson has done in the desert.

Jamelle has really been turning heads of late. He made the Pangos All-American Camp top-20 game and was one of the best players on the floor. Despite the high praise, Horne is working hard on improving.

"Right now I am working on handling the ball in fast breaks," Horne explained. "I finish pretty good, but I am working on my midrange. I definitely like running."

One thing that jumps out at you is his ability to pass. Even in an All-Star game the junior-to-be was dishing the ball. He has a knack of finding an open teammate that many young wing players don't have at this stage.

"If I have the tools, then I am going to use it, so yeah, I do take pride in my passing," Horne said.

Horne plays hard on both ends. He gets after it defensively, he boards and he can score. He likes to watch players who go hard as well and uses them as inspiration.

"I like to model T-Mac and a little bit of Kevin Garnett's tenacity," Horne said. "He's a warrior on the court. That's who I'm trying to model my game after, a little bit of both."

Horne has a long way to go to reach the level of those two NBA All-Stars, but he is quickly making a name for himself. He will surely be one of the better wing prospects on the West Coast and could make waves nationally by the time it is all said and done.


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