Ashton West | Writer
THERE are plenty of prospects flying under the radar throughout the state of Missouri, none with more potential in the 2019 class than Jamonta Black of Team Carroll 17u. Jamonta is near unstoppable when attacking the rim, using his large frame and strength to overpower defenders. He is a tough cover for guards due to his size and skill. He has a build of a Small Forward with the skill set of a Combo Guard.
FOR someone who hasn't seen him play, I would categorize him as a slasher primarily with the ability to pass and get others involved using his basketball IQ. His long arms, height, and athleticism also make him an excellent defender as well. He is currently playing with Team Carroll 17u. There he has an excellent back court of two rising seniors, Rj Lawrence and Xavier Rhodes. Jamonta had high praise for his teammates stating, "Playing with Rj and X is a great experience. It's nice having teammates who can score the ball whenever they want. That takes a lot of stress off me."
WHEN asked who was showing interest at this point, Jamonta expressed that only Tulsa University and UMKC have reached out to him. Look for that to change over the next two months - Jamonta has a heavy workload. Juggling school, weights, practice, and basketball workouts, he is putting in the work to improve in every facet of his game and the most important part is that he is doing it everyday!
I asked Jamonta who his favorite player was in the NCAA or NBA and without hesitation he responded, "My favorite player is Lebron James. I think he's the best player ever. He's an all around player and he makes his teammates better. He's also a leader on the floor, and that's how i model my game. I want to be a leader, i want to score, pass, rebound, defend. That's who i model my game after. I strive to be as dominant as him. He just makes everyone around him better and that's how I want to impact the game."
LOOK for Jamonta Black to burst onto the scene this summer with Team Carroll 17u and their excellent guard play. HoopFocus projects Jamonta to be a LM-MM player out of high school. College coaches, don't miss out on this gem!