DALLAS — First the bad news.
Roland Jamison endured a somewhat challenging sophomore season for Mansfield (Texas) Summit High, considering he was hampered mostly by a foot injury that reduced his effectiveness.
Now the good news.
This athletically-gifted kid, who was installed as part of the Jaguars’ varsity roster this past season, has a lot of major prep basketball ahead of him.
“It was quite a learning season for me to get a feel of the varsity floor and also kind of short since a foot injury that interrupted most of my season,” Jamison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “But now since we didn’t make playoffs, it made me work harder for next season to get our team better.”
All things considered, the only way for Jamison to go as he continues to lure the attention of college scouts and recruiters is up, especially after a rather stormy campaign that enabled him to greatly put basketball — and life — in its proper perspective.
For starters, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound swingman — who’s widely known as “Ro” — came away rather inspired and enthused about this offseason, in large part because his continuous competitive basketball play on the Dallas-Fort Worth-area AAU circuit will allow him golden opportunities to erase the memory of what was a tumultuous sophomore campaign.
Add to the fact that Jamison has a solid support system that’s headed by his father, Danny Jamison, and it’s no wonder why this prep basketball standout is eager to suit up for Summit coach Jason Mutterer’s team next season.
How compelling that the good news far outweighs the bad.
“I will spend the whole summer pushing every day to get better,” said Roland Jamison, adding that he is a “very humble and respectful” person.
His positive attitude, coupled with his a reputation that suggest that Roland Jamison is coachable, could prove beneficial for a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of play basketball at the collegiate level.
“The sky’s the limit for Roland because his drive, determination, work ethic, and willingness to get better are going get him to that next level,” Danny Jamison said. “I don’t know many kids who, instead go out partying or doing anything else, would rather go to the gym and put up literally hundreds of shots with his coach after playing ball all day against older competition. And this is a regular occurrence…every time we talk, he’s always telling me what part of his game he has worked on that day and always says to me, ‘I got to get better. I got to keep working hard at it.’ And, as a parent, that makes you proud.’”
Now that Summit is a couple of months removed from its season that ended with an unsatisfactory 11-21 mark, Roland Jamison has now shifted his focus on AAU ball and summer camps, two additional avenues that figure to allow him to generate even more exposure.
Roland Jamison has been invited to The Elite 100 Camp, and said other formal invitations will likely follow.
In the meantime, he reiterated that his primary focus is to get better — better in that he’s steadfastly aiming to draw the attention of colleges scouts.
“I would like them to know that I’m a hard and effective player that strives to get better on and off the court,” said Roland Jamison, who owns a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. “I’ll be working out every day on shooting and defense.”
That, after all, is a good thing.
That, after all, is good news, too.
News that far outweighs the bad.
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