Prep Forward Makes A Commitment

New Mexico State tapped the formidable Baltimore-Washington D.C. area talent pool this week when a 6-foot-4 1/2 shooting guard and native of Baltimore, made a commitment ... reporter Brian Towey has the complete details ...

New Mexico State tapped the formidable Baltimore-Washington D.C. area talent pool this week when Jahmar Young, a 6-foot-4 1/2 shooting guard and native of Baltimore, pledged to the WAC program, according to Anthony Lewis, Young's coach with the Cecil Kirk AAU program.

"I thought he made a wise choice based on what he was looking to do," said Lewis. "He's getting ready to attend Laurinburg to finish up (academically). He's still got to get the test score."

Young, who attended Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, last year, is a noted shooter who commanded interest from a wide range of East Coast programs, and enhanced his stock with his play during July.

"Everybody in the Atlantic 10 was interested, everybody in the Colonial, the MAAC," said Lewis. "New Mexico State, Providence from the Big East. It ran the gamut."

Jahmar impressed us at the Reebok Summer Classic East at Fairleigh Dickinson University with Cecil Kirk, displaying a fluid stroke, solid mid-range touch, nice range, and a strong feel for the game.

"He's a scorer, without a doubt," said Lewis. "His frame, his ability to get his shot off- he has an uncanny ability to get his shot off in traffic, particularly amongst the trees. If you're looking for a guy who can put the ball in the hole, he's your man."

First-year coach Marc Hsu of the Laurinburg Institute believes that Young can be an impact player for Coach Reggie Theus.

"New Mexico State got a steal," said Hsu. "He was one of the best shooters I saw all summer, maybe the best. He's long, wiry, active, and can really shoot the ball. They're definitely getting a kid who can come in and play as a freshman."

New NMSU coach Chris Pompey played a prominent role in Young's recruitment and commitment.

"In terms of the verbal commitment, Chris Pompey is out there, and he's an East Coast guy with a lot of ties in the D.C.-Baltimore area," said Lewis. "(Young) met the coaching staff, he liked them, and decided to commit. I think he wanted to go away, and he wanted to go West."

In ferreting out a commitment from one of the East Coast's richest recruiting grounds, New Mexico State showed its ever-expanding reach. The Seattle Times reported on Wednesday that the program had received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-3 shooting guard DeAngelo Jones of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.


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