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ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Sunday, July 27, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Shuler sorts through suitors

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Jamal Shuler wouldn’t mind being a Pirate. Of course, he wouldn’t mind being a Hokie or a Seahawk either.

Shuler, a hot guard prospect from Jacksonville (NC) High School, has seven colleges on his favorites’ list right now, but it could expand as he is in no hurry to wrap up the recruiting process.

N.C. State was his favorite, but the Wolfpack has not shown much interest. East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth and UNC-Wilmington have offered scholarships, with Clemson, Notre Dame and South Carolina also paying plenty of attention.

Shuler, a 6-3, 175-pound combination guard, averaged 24.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists as a junior for 13-12 Jacksonville. He shot 56 percent from the floor, including 43 percent behind the arc, and sank 72 percent of his free throws.
He threw in 38 points against New Bern and had a 33-point outing against Wilmington Laney, with 30 and 31 in other games. He dished out 12 assists vs. Eastern Wayne.

"Jamal is a player," Jacksonville coach Russell Stephens said. "He plays two guard and the point for us and will be a combo in college, too. Shooting guard would probably be his main position, and he could slide over and fill in at the point.

"He handles the ball well and is a very good passer. He can put the ball on the floor and is very good at attacking the basket and at creating. He will drive it and kick it out and he will set up teammates for easy shots.

"He can spot up for threes and can finish in a lot of ways. He has a nice little floater in the lane, and he has a good mid-range jump shot. He can pull up on a dime and hit the jumper. He will ball-fake and pull up, and he works on that a lot.

"Jamal is a long, wiry kid," Stephens said. "He could use some upper-body strength, but he’s stronger than he looks. To average 10 rebounds a game in a 4-A conference, he has to have some strength. His arm span is so long that he plays taller than he is, probably 6-5 or 6-6. He has a 39-inch vertical leap."

Shuler is already academically qualified. He has a 3.1 grade-point average, 2.7 in core courses, and has scored over 820 on the SAT.

"I would say Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth are at the top of his list right now," Stephens said. "Virginia Tech offered him a scholarship before school was out, and the whole coaching staff came down to see him at the East Coast Invitational (in July).

"Virginia Tech basketball has not been all that strong, but the fact that the school is joining the ACC is a factor. Kids want to play in the ACC. But Conference USA, with Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis and some others, is a big-time conference, too.

"Jamal is looking at East Carolina and UNC-Wilmington. You see what those schools have done in the last few years, how much those programs have improved, and you have to look hard at both of them."

Shuler said the proximity of ECU, which is about an hour and a half from Jacksonville, is an advantage and a disadvantage.

"Sometimes I think I would like to be close to home so my family and friends can see me play a lot," he said, "and sometimes I think I would like to get away and see another part of the country.

"I’m considering East Carolina strongly. They made me feel real wanted, and they are high on my list. Their coaches have been very nice and have recruited me hard. And their basketball program has really gotten better lately.

"I have a hard decision to make, and it’s getting tougher every day."

Shuler is expected to decide in September.

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