Jameel Warney Impresses Once Again at Hoop Group

 

For as big a young man as New Jersey Hot Shots’ forward Jameel Warney is, he has found a way to move without being noticed on the defensive end.

In the first half of a pool play game against the Montgomery Kings, as an opposing guard drove to the basket, Warney crept in from the right elbow. Just as the lane looked clear for the layup, Warney came out of nowhere for a vicious two-handed block.

“Defense is the best part of the game. You’ve got to play defense to win games in these tournaments,” he said. “I’m a quick jumper, so I wait for the ball to go up and go after the ball, not after the guy.”

And the 6’7” forward from the Class of 2012 is beginning to pop up on scouts’ radars the same way he blocks shots: out of nowhere. Following his junior year at Roselle Catholic (NJ), Warney is in the conversation and is being considered a mid-major Division I recruit.

“Right now, my top two schools are Rider and Stony Brook, but I’m also getting looked at by Drexel and St. Peter’s,” he said. “I’m looking for a family environment and how comfortable I feel with the coaches; a place I want to play for four years.”

Warney is no stranger to Hoop Group. Since seventh grade, he says he has grown and developed as a basketball player in the AAU spotlight. Hoop Group had a chance to talk with Warney at the Providence Jam Fest and he is pleased to see how his game has grown from the high school season, into summer play.

“AAU is a lot better than high school,” he said. “In AAU, all the good players are on good teams, and all the good teams come to Hoop Group.”

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