This summer on the Under Armour Association, D.C. Premier was one of the best teams. They had known commodities like four-star wing Naji Marshall who is headed to Xavier, four-star center Nate Watson who is headed to Providence, and five-star class of 2018 point guard Prentiss Hubb who is one of the most highly recruited players in his class.
However in July one player off the bench for Premier began to emerge, and that was Jamarko Pickett.
Not too much was known about Pickett, but he showed a ton of intrigue. He was a kid who missed most of the spring due to an injury, and was always someone just off the radar coming into the summer.
That however changed in July. The 6-foot-7 Pickett has long arms, is a good athlete, and has a surprising skill level. In fact, one of the things that Pickett does best is shoot threes. He is more than capable of making shots from deep both off the dribble and off the catch.
Given that Pickett has missed a lot of development time due to injuries, and is relatively inexperienced in terms of organized basketball, there is a ton of upside with Pickett.
He can play the power forward in a small ball lineup, and then also has the athleticism, length, and ability to move laterally that will allow him to guard the wing as well.
At times Pickett can still get lost if the game slows down too much, and he needs to get more refined, but given how Mississippi plays, this could be a dynamic fit long term.
Not all players are at the same point in their development curve as they head into their final year of high school basketball, and Pickett is the type who seems to have far more growth potential left than a lot of his peers.
For a program like Ole Miss which has done a good job of either developing, or getting guys who are somewhat off the radar, Pickett is a great fit. Not only does he have flashes of brilliance on the court already, but he also has a ton of untapped potential.
While Pickett might not be an elite player right away, his upside can’t be ignored, and chances are he makes major strides over the next few years, which could lead to people wondering how he got out of the DMV region, and how he landed in the SEC.