"Buddha" Scores 36 In Playoff Victory

Reporter Mike Sullivan got the latest information on the game of Jamel Fields from Albany City Rocks program director Jim Hart ...

Albany City Rocks program director Jim Hart is cautious but excited when discussing the tremendous amount of freshmen and sophomore talent in the Albany area. But when players like Jamel Fields score 36 points in a playoff game, it's hard to contain his happiness.

"He had 36, I believe it was 20 in the second half," said Hart. "The team came from 10 points down to win the game."

Jamel, nicknamed "Buddha," averaged over 19 points a game this season as a freshman. Hart feels eventually Buddha will be an impact player on the college level.

"Like all the freshmen," said Hart. "It's early. You just have to be patient and wait and see how their games improve and move forward."

Fields, a 6-foot, 165-pound floor general, is already been classified by Hart as a player who can get to the basket and finish. "He's like any young player," said Hart. "Decision making will be a key for him at that position. If he improves it and becomes steady with his decisions, he is going to be fine."

Hart says it's too early to form a serious list. But the area schools (Marist, Siena, Albany, etc) are monitoring Buddha and the other freshmen and sophomores in the area.

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