"Buddha" Finishes Up Freshman Year In Albany

Reporter Mike Sullivan has story on freshman guard from Albany Academy ...

His freshman year is over. And Jamel Fields is a player that has gained much needed experience in preparation for next year -- his sophomore season on the high school level.

Nicknamed "Buddha," Jamel has made enough improvements in his game to gain confidence from Albany City Rocks program director Jim Hart, who recently expressed praise for his year.

"He continues to improve his individual game," said Hart. "I know it's early but it's great to see a young player like Buddha continue to play well. He had a great season."

Hart has previously stated that Jamel should continue his improvement as he gains more experience and grasps the game of basketball better.

The 6-foot, 165-pound floor general is like most young players. He must develop consistency in the area of decision making and where and when to distribute the ball. "His strengths right now is taking the ball to the basket," Hart said. "He can finish or get to the foul line."

It's likely schools from the area will monitor Fields' spring and summer on the AAU circuit.

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