Player Profile: Lamarr Kimble

Our Player Profile series continues tonight with St. Joe's freshman Lamarr Kimble. A 6-foot lead guard from powerhouse Neumann-Goretti (PA), Kimble decided to remain in the City of Brotherly Love for his college career. A proven winner, Kimble will make an impact on Hawk Hill from day one.

A 6-foot, 197-pound point guard from right here in Saint Joseph's backyard, Lamarr Kimble committed to St. Joe's last August over the likes of Creighton, La Salle, and more. Kimble played his AAU ball for the Nike EYBL-based outfit Team Final, alongside the likes of Temple freshmen Levan Alston and Trey Lowe, Minnesota freshman Ahmad Gilbert, and several others.

Neumann-Goretti went 28-2 last season against a national schedule and then in the always-challenging Philadelphia Catholic League. The Saints won their second straight PIAA Class AAA title last year with Kimble manning the point. Playing alongside high-major recruits Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Quade Green, as well as Zane Martin (Towson commit) and Vaughn Covington, Kimble was the engine that made things go last year. He averaged 14.5 points as a senior and earned a handful of accolades, including All-Catholic League First Team.

Last year, the point guard minutes were distributed between senior Chris Wilson and freshman Shavar Newkirk. With Wilson's graduation, there is an open, and healthy, competition between Newkirk and Kimble for playing time at the point. St. Joe's assistant coach Dave Duda has been impressed with what he's seen so far from the freshman lead guard.

"I absolutely love his IQ at such an early stage," Coach Duda began. "He's extremely coachable and has an improving stroke. He's shown no fear to date. (He) will definitely play minutes and will make others better."

Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble will both play minutes at the point guard position this year. After a rough freshman season, Newkirk has added muscle in the offseason and reworked his shooting stroke. Kimble may not have Shavar's speed off the bounce, but he outweighs Newkirk by a solid 20 pounds, and knows how to use that weight to finish through contact in the lane. As of this moment, Phil Martelli has not yet decided who the starting point guard will be this year. It could be Shavar, and it could be Fresh. One thing that has become clear through practices and public comments is that both guards will play. And the two are different enough that they will each provide a different look.

Tomorrow, we will continue with the third and final freshman on this year's Hawk squad, Italian forward Pierfrancesco Oliva.

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