Those watching Chamblee’s basketball games closely still might not notice the full impact of point guard Jasmine Camp, who has signed with Stanford. The 5-foot-8 point guard averages 14 points and contributes in countless unsung ways.
“The best thing about Jasmine is that she is consistent — she is not a ‘wow-type’ player,” Chamblee coach Paul Ireland said. “She just does it, does it and does it. She’s not real flashy at all. If you’re not really paying attention, you may not even notice her. But she’s hurting you out there.”
Along with stellar basketball skills, Camp is also a near perfect student. She had straight A’s from kindergarten on until last year, posting a “B” in physics. Camp has a 3.95 GPA and has Stanford admission approval.
“I’ve just also done well in school, never wanting to accept failure,” Camp said. “I didn’t freak out about the B. I just do the best I can.”
Camp comes from an athletic family; her father was a three-sport athlete at Savannah State, while two older brothers were college baseball players.
Camp caught the attention of Stanford while playing AAU ball for the Georgia Metros. She picked the Pac-10 school over Illinois and Virginia Tech, among others. Camp liked the coaching stability and longtime success of the Cardinal program.
“Her speed and quickness are second to none,” Georgia Metros assistant coach Thomas Nash said. “She has a tremendous high basketball IQ. She’s a pure point guard that does everything to help the entire team find success on the court — score, defend and run the offense, etc.”
Camp is popular with her teammates for her dancing skills. To lighten up the mood in the locker room, Camp will spontaneously do a few dances steps from a well-known routine to be comical and silly.
“I like having fun and joking around,” Camp said.
Her coach says he wasn’t aware of the dancing but that he’s not surprised. “When you meet her, she’s like the daughter you’d love to have I guess,” Ireland said. “She’s a real nice girl. She’s really smart. And she can play some basketball.”
Camp could shoot and score more but prefers to get her teammates involved. She leads mostly with her actions, but will speak up if something needs to be said.
“Jasmine is an outstanding all-around player,” Ireland said. “She is not the best in anything, but she is real good in about everything.”