FORESTVILLE, Md. -- One of the more promising 2017 basketball point guard prospects on the East Coast, 6-foot lead guard Jamir Moultrie, plays close by at McNamara High School (Forestville, Md). And Jan. 23 the Mustangs played host to the St. Mary Ryken (Leonardtown, Md.) Knights in a close game, holding off a late rally and winning, 68-65. It was Moultrie's three-pointer with 16 seconds left in the contest that assured victory.
He finished with 25 points on 9-of-15 field goals, 5-of-7 free throws, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and most importantly, no turnovers.
Although Moultrie and his teammates seemed to be pressing a bit too much early due to the Knights slower tempo and pressure defense, they managed to secure a halftime lead of 30-27. Moultrie came out much looser in the second half and it showed in the team's play. His quickness seemed to reach another level as McNamara took a 49-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
But just when you thought the game was in hand, the Knights, led by Penn State bound 6-6 forward Deivydas Zemgulis, began to chip into the lead and close the gap. This was the ideal time for Moultrie to place the game's outcome in his hands. He controlled the show late with aggressive takes to the bucket, which resulted in four free throws and two three-point field goals in the last few minutes to seal the game.
Some attributes which stood out most in Moutrie's game were his body control, which included an explosive first step, often leaving defenders no option but to foul or let him go unimpeded to the basket.
He has excellent lateral quickness and stops and starts on a dime, leaving the opponent off balance. Moultrie has great basketball IQ, knowing when to get out in transition and press ahead or when to slow the pace to calm his teammates and reset the flow off the game.
Moultrie's pull-up jumper elevates quickly and is very accurate and smooth within 12-15 feet. He handles the ball tightly and on this night, mistake free.
However, with an excellent cast of juniors and seniors surrounding him, the promising youngster needs to continue to keep his emotions in check at times. When he gets overly excited and allows a missed opportunity to affect his game, the team seemingly suffers. Over time, his increased maturity on the court, as with any sophomore, will allow him to keep his emotions in check and allow the Mustangs to be even more effective.
At times, he has to allow the game to come to him more and relax on the court.
But a casual observer can't ignore his energy, excitement, hard play, and leadership he possesses, good or charged at times. He brings a certain presence or aura to the court which is obvious.
The fact Moultrie is just a sophomore also raises the possibility he may still be growing, which will only increase his abilities and exposure and raise his game to an ever higher level.
The sky may be the limit for this talented Prince George's County guard, as that level is already pretty high. Maryland has been on him for some time, and will undoubtedly for the next few years to come as he further develops and progresses.
Moultrie Is One To Watch
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