If you need some inspiration, look no further than UConn freshman sensation Jeremy Lamb, who will play in Monday night’s NCAA national championship basketball game.
There is speculation that Lamb may be a “one-and-done” college player and declare for the NBA Draft. Lamb did nothing to dispel the notion when asked it by reporters on Sunday. “I’m not paying any attention to that right now. I’m in college at the NCAA tournament about to play for a national title … I’ll think about that later.”
Only a year ago, Lamb was finishing up his senior year at Norcross High as a first-year starter. That’s right, from first-year starter in high school to possible “one-and-done” to the NBA. Personally, I don’t see it happening — as in Lamb making an early departure to the NBA, at least not this season. However, it remains extremely inspiring to see how far someone has risen in such a short amount of time. Anything is possible.
Here’s a recount of Lamb’s ascension by USA Today’s David Leon Moore:
The idea of Lamb, a willowy 6-5 swingman from Norcross, Ga., leaving for the pros after one year at UConn is one that is just recently being discussed.
Lamb wasn’t even averaging in double figures going into the Big East tournament, scoring 9.6 a game as UConn stood 21-9.
Since then, though, UConn is 10-0 and Lamb has become a fast-rising star. In the 10 games covering Big East tournament and NCAA tournament play, Lamb is averaging 15.6 points and shooting 55.2%.
In NCAA tournament play, it’s 17.0 points and 59.3%.
Suddenly, the notion of Lamb as a first-round pick doesn’t seem so crazy.
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