Shead Will Impact Both Ends Of The Floor
2020 recruit Jamal Shead caused a stir on Monday when he announced that he was committing to the Houston Cougars. Because of his announcement, Shead (pronounced shed) helped the Cougars leap into the top 5 in 2020 recruiting, according to 24/7.
Since he committed to UH, I’ve had a chance to get to know Shead through an interview that stretched over a few days. In that time, I’ve come to learn a few truths about this top-tier prospect:
Shead is a ball hawk. He’s an elite defender and a quick, tough athlete that gets into the lane and makes plays. Numerous recruiting analysts consider him one of the best playmakers in the country.
He’s exactly the kind of recruit that Kelvin Sampson routinely develops into an elite player.
Shead is direct. He’s to the point and doesn’t talk just to talk. He’s concise with his words and answers questions unequivocally.
In our sound bite society, we expect athletes to ramble and avoid being pinned down. It was refreshing to deal with someone that just answers questions honestly.
GoCoogs: The recruiting website 24/7 says that you’re the #6 player in Texas. What did you think when you saw that?
Jamal Shead: I was excited, I’ve never been ranked like that until this year.
GoCoogs: Why do you deserve it?
Shead: I don’t know if I do, but I’ve proven myself on high stages and I just tend to keep working!
Shead comes from a stacked basketball-playing family. His sister, Autumn, played at Texas Wesleyan before transferring to Texas Lutheran in order to be closer to home. His brother Jaylen played two seasons at Cal Poly before transferring to Texas State. In his first season in San Marcos, Jaylen scored eight points a game to go along with 5 assists and four rebounds.
Jamal says he’s learned a lot from his brother and sister about playing the game.
Maybe it’s those relationships that make the family-oriented Cougar program so appealing to him. Shead believes Houston’s family-first attitude is evident in the actions of UH players and staff and that he wants to be part of that.
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