Class: Connecticut Huskies – Sophomore
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 185
Hometown: Norcross, Georgia
Recruit Rankings – Class of 2010
Scout.com: 21st (SG), 59th (Overall)
Rivals.com: 19th (SG), 76th (Overall)
ESPNU: 43rd (SG), 146th (Overall)
2010-11: 11.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.6 apg (UConn – Freshman)
2009-10: 20.0 ppg (Norcross HS – Senior)
Despite being a bit of a late-bloomer, Connecticut wing Jeremy Lamb established himself as a dynamic up-and-coming young player as a freshman with the Huskies last season.
Although Lamb was not a highly-rated recruit coming out of high school, Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun may have found himself a gem of an offensive player in the 6-foot-5, 185-pound Lamb, who combines an explosive inside game with great range and solid shooting from the outside.
Calhoun and Co. showed quite a bit of faith in the youngster in the 2010-11 season, often times using Lamb, who averaged 11.6 ppg last season, as the team’s secondary scoring option to take pressure off of All-American point guard, Kemba Walker.
With Walker having made his way to the NBA, Lamb will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself as the team’s go-to guy and has already shown off marked improvement in his game during various summer league circles, including at the FIBA U-19 World Championships and the Greater Hartford Pro-Am.
The three areas of Lamb’s game that scouts will continue to monitor and look for progress are defensive acumen, consistency on offense and adding bulk to a somewhat thin frame.
Defensively, Lamb struggled at times to anticipate and stay in front of opposing offensive players he was matched up against; that being said, the wing is athletic enough to guard all three perimeter positions and showed a lot of improvement just over the course of the 2010-11 season.
At times last year, Lamb battled with bouts of inconsistency with his shot and with maintaining a rhythm during games. He will need to provide a greater level of consistency on the offensive end if Connecticut is to repeat as National Champions and he will be given every opportunity to do so with Walker gone.
Lamb was very close to making the jump to the NBA in the 2011 draft, but opted to return for a sophomore season in which he will most likely take over as the team’s focal weapon on offense.
Considered to be a lottery pick at this point in time, if Lamb can make the necessary improvements and overall consistency to his game (we have already seen some this summer), he could very well establish himself as the premier shooting guard in the 2012 NBA Draft class.
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