Fields Makes Appearance In New Jersey

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a story on Buddha Fields of Albany Academy ...

Jamel Fields, a talented freshman guard from Albany Academy in Albany, New York, competed this past weekend at Jimmy Salmon's Spring Fling held in South Orange, New Jersey on Saturday.

Fields competed with the Albany City Rocks' 16 and under team and played in a game on Saturday against the Long Island Lightning.

For openers, this was the first game on Saturday morning (9:30 AM start). So it appeared both teams had a little trouble getting their feet. Turnovers affected the Rocks especially in their pool loss to the Lightning.

But it was a good opportunity to watch players like Fields as he played for Jim Hart's basketball program.

Nicknamed "Buddha," Jamel has confidence in taking the ball to the basket. He doesn't lose confidence either if he fails to knock down a couple of drives.

He plays with intensity. The 6-foot, 165-pound floor general will have three more full seasons at Albany to develop decision making when he has the ball in transition.

As he progresses in understanding the game, utilizing his wings, and looking to exploit seams in a defense, Fields should be a player that divison one schools will seriously take a look at down the road.

The key for Fields is the phrase "down the road." He will need to develop patience in his game too. But the tools to become a solid college player are there.

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