Norcross (Ga.) High School coach Jesse McMillan knew Jeremy Lamb was on the verge of a big summer. Turns out it was a bigger summer than even he expected as Lamb will play his college ball for a Big East power.
After a morning meeting with Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun, Lamb, a 6-foot-4, 165-pound shooting guard, committed to the Huskies.
"It came down to UConn, Texas and Georgia," said Lamb's father Rolando Lamb. "After looking at everything, Jeremy felt UConn made him their top priority and showed great consistency throughout the recruiting process. On our visit there was a great family atmosphere. And the opportunity to play early and often was very attractive."
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After coming off the bench for Norcross during his junior season, Lamb hit the national scene with a huge scoring explosion at the Nike Peach Jam. He had already shown the ability to score at a high level with his high school team. The question was whether or not he could do it against top level talent.
"Jeremy had a pretty good year for us as a sixth man," said Norcross coach Jesse McMillan. "He was playing behind three senior guards who are now all playing college ball, but in just under 14 minutes of playing time per game, he averaged 12.5 points per game. He scored at a high rate in limited minutes. He knew his role was to be an aggressive scorer.
"Then this June at team camp he was doing things that let me know he was ready to have a big July. I knew he would get a lot of interest, but I didn't know at what level. The question was whether or not he could do it against high level players."
Within a two month period Lamb went from a nationally unknown player to the No. 68 ranked prospect in the Rivals150 and a future UConn Husky.