"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

JUCO All-American Jamil Lott Commits to Marquette

As reported at John Dodds' Marquette Hoops site over at Scout.com, second-team JUCO All-American Jamil Lott committed to Marquette during his visit over the weekend.

Lott, a native of St. Paul, averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds per game last season. Lott was the key to NDSCS' third consecutive Mon-Dak Conference title, and led his team to a 28-7 overall record including a 7th place finish in the national JUCO hoops tourney at Hutchinson, Kansas. Lott's strong play throughout the tournament turned the heads of major Division One programs, including Arizona, Marquette and USC.

Lott will sign his LOI later this week and has a chance to fill the void left by the departing Marcus Jackson. Lott will compete with Ryan Amoroso, Mike Kinsella, Chris Grimm and Ousmane Barro for playing time at the big forward position next year. As an added benefit, Lott's signing helps coach Tom Crean 'balance his classes' by opening up a slot for the incoming class in 2007.

Lott joins a very talented class of newcomers for MU, one that is now much more complete. MU needed a ready-to-play big man in the physical Big East, something Lott has a chance to be. Lott is the fourth Minnesotan to land on the Warriors' roster in the past year, joining Ryan Amoroso, Mike Kinsella and Dan Fitzgerald.

Welcome to Marquette, Jamil!

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