Senior G-F tabbed Big Sky's regular-season MVP and named league postseason tourney MVP a well
Coach Tinkle and his UM team set numerous school and league records en route to 19-1 Big Sky slate
Join Montana's Big Sky Conference champions from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Join Montana's Big Sky Conference champions from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Junior G-F was selected the Big Sky Conference's regular-season & post-season tourney MVP
Montana vs. Montana State (3/3/14)
Montana vs. Southern Utah (3/1/14)
Montana vs. Idaho State (2/22/14)
Montana vs. Weber State (2/20/14)
Montana vs. Eastern Washington (2/8/14)
MONTANA: Kareem is one of the most prolific players in Grizzly basketball history. He has a chance to be ranked in the top 10 at UM in scoring, rebounding, and assists. Last season he became the 28th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points, and begins his senior season ranked 18th, with 1,108 points. He's played in 91 career games with 82 starts. He has scored in double figures in 60 games and has recorded seven double-doubles, and also had a rare triple double as a sophomore.
2012-13: He had a dynamic season and was named the Big Sky Conference's regular-season and post-season tournament MVP. He was fourth in the league in assists (4.0 pg), eighth in the league in scoring (14.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (49.4%), and 11th (tie, 5.0 rpg). He was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press. He was also tabbed first team all-conference and second team All-District 6 by the NABC. He was also chosen Montana's team MVP.
2011-12: He had a break-out season and was named first team All-Big Sky. He was ranked in the top 11 players league in five statistical categories. He recorded the first triple double at Montana in two decades with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in a home BracketBusters win (94-79) over Hawaii. He shared UM's Carl Dragstedt Award (MVP) with guard Will Cherry. He was the Big Sky' post-season tournament MVP, when he averaged 20.5 points in two wins.
2010-11: He was an impact player as a true freshman and started in 18 games. He was UM's third leading rebounder (4.8 rpg) and fifth in scoring (8.1 ppg).
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a key player on Westchester High School's two state championships his junior and senior seasons...was a team captain in basketball...named to the all-city team...his senior squad was ranked ninth in the nation by USA Today... he averaged 12 points, 5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior, when he was a McDonald's All-American nominee...when his prep team won the state title his junior year they defeated McClymond's High School, a team UM's Will Cherry played on...his prep coach was Ed Azzam.
PERSONAL: He is an anthropology major. Birth date: October 16, 1992. His mom is Deloris Jamar of Venice.
QUOTING COACH TINKLE ON KAREEM: "Kareem has kind of done it all. He's won championships. He's a stat stuffer. He was the MVP of our league last year.
"The thing that I really like about Kareem is his loyalty through the recruiting process. Through some people trying to get him our of here once he had that early success (at UM). He's a guy who is really going to have to lead us this year, and he's answered the call to this point. We're excited for his senior year, but I know we're going to be sad to see him go.
"I think the reason that he has so much respect from his teammates is because he's probably our most unselfish player. He's competitive and gets after it, but the guys know that if he has the ball in his hands he's going to make the right decision. He brings his hard hat just about every day. That's what tells me he is going to have a great year and be a leader for us.
"We've had a lot of good wings, guards, play-makers, whatever you want to call them, in the history of our program. He ranks right up there. When you look at the multitude of things that he brings, he will leave his imprint on this program for a long, long time."
Jamar's Career Highs
Points: 28 at Davidson, 2/23/13
Rebounds: 14 vs. Great Falls, 11/14/11
Field goals: 9 in Four Games
Field goal attempts: 20 at Davidson, 2/23/13
3-point field goals: 5 vs. Weber State, 3/7/12
3-point field goal attempts: 8 vs. Weber State, 3/7/12
Free throws: 12 at S. Utah, 3/4/13
Free throw attempts: 12 at S. Utah, 3/4/13 & 13 vs. Hawai'i, 2/18/12
Assists: 11 vs. San Diego, 11/24/12 & 11 vs. Hawai'i, 2/18/12
Blocks: 3 in Two Games
Steals: 4 vs. N. Colorado, 1/19/12 & 4 at N. Dakota, 11/23/11
Minutes played: 45 vs. Montana State, 1/19/13
Favorite Food: Mother's fried chicken!
Favorite class: Sports Psychology.
Favorite book: Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable.
Favorite TV show: ESPN First Take.
Favorite movie: 6th Man.
If a movie were made of my life, I would like the following actor to play me: Omar Epps.
The person in history I would most like to meet is: Martin Luther King.
Favorite sport other than basketball: Football/Volleyball.
Favorite sports figure: Kobe Bryant.
Favorite NBA team: Lakers.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Hanging with the Zoo. Video games.
Many people don't know this, but: I am a great cook.
My greatest moment in sports was: Winning back-to-back Big Sky championships.
The best player I ever faced was: Lance Stephenson/John Wall.
The thing I like best about Montana basketball is: The winning attitude.
The thing that impresses me about Coach Tinkle: His tan.
My advice to youngsters is: The more you work at peace, the less you will be bleeding during the war.
My future goals are: To provide for my family and play in the NBA.
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