Shuler Receiving High-Major Attention

Jacksonville (NC) High guard Jamal Shuler is ready for a breakout summer. After averaging 23 points a game as a junior, he'll be looking to draw offers with his play.

Jacksonville junior Jamal Shuler is a tad disenchanted with his team's 11-13 season. "As far as me stepping as a leader it was good year but not team-wise. I guess I couldn't get my teammates recognition until the last few games. I should have pushed my teammates harder like I pushed myself."

The 6-2 Shuler is probably a little harder on himself than he should be. He averaged 23 points a game and took on a new role: point guard. "After the [Hoop Jamboree] in St. Louis last summer, I took the role of point guard on my team. My coach just gave me the ball and let me run the point."

Now, colleges are recruiting Shuler as a combo guy and that's the position he would like to play in college. "I'd rather be a point guard but it all depends on the situation," Shuler said. "I like the ball in my hands."

Last season, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Virginia and UNC-Wilmington came to watch him play. So far, he doesn't have an offer but that'll come quickly.

"I would have to say Georgia Tech and State are recruiting me the hardest. Basically they said they are looking at how my play can fit in their offense."

Shuler will run this summer with the Onslow County All-Stars. He'll be attending a number of team camps and possibly the Nike All-American Camp.


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