Feb. 25, 2013
The University of Montana's Kareem Jamar has joined an elite group of Grizzly basketball players, as he recently became the 28th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points.
A 6-5, junior guard-forward from Venice, Calif., Jamar currently has scored exactly 1,000 career points. He recently played in his 84th career game (75th start).
Jamar reached the 1,000-point plateau in memorable fashion and on a national stage, as he scored a career-high 28 points in Montana's 93-87 overtime loss at Davidson this past Saturday in a Ramada BracketBusters game that was televised throughout the country on ESPNU.
Not only did he tally a career-best in total points in the overtime setback to the Wildcats, but he also registered his second double-double of the season in that contest, grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds and dishing out a game-high 7 assists, playing 42 of a possible 45 minutes.
"That does feel good," Jamar said today, following a team shoot-around session. "I wish that it would have came in a `W,' but it didn't. Our program has a lot of tradition. They've got players like the Michael Ray Richardsons who came here before me, along with the Wayne Tinkles and the Larry Krystkowiaks. So to come here and to get 1,000, and to be mentioned with those names is an honor."
Senior point guard Will Cherry started the season with more than 1,000 career points, and is currently ranked seventh in school history with 1,429 career points. With Cherry and Jamar now in the "1,000-point Club" at UM, it marks just the fifth time in Grizzly history that two players who have 1,000 or more career points are playing for the Griz at the same time.
"I actually remember when I was on my recruiting trip, and they were smart to put me and him (Cherry) on the same team, and we ran open gym, being on the same team," Jamar said. "Being on the same team with him, I am thinking like, I come here for four years with a guy like that - I'm thinking - why not? He is one of the big reasons that I came here, and I am happy for him and it's great to be playing alongside of him and playing as good as we have been."
Jamar, an exceptional all-around player like his senior teammate Cherry, could finish his career at Montana ranked among the top 10 in career rebounds and career assists. He currently has 461 rebounds and 262 assists, and could potentially become the only player in school history to be ranked among UM's top 10 in scoring, rebounding, and assists.
"To even be in the same breath as that name there (Richardson) is an honor and a blessing, and I am just trying to do whatever it takes for this team to win," Jamar said. "I can't do it on my own. We have great players and great coaches. The coaches put me in good situations to score, and they push me hard every single day, and they never let me take a day off. So, it's all a credit to my team and the coaches."
Jamar is the only player to have started all 25 games so far this season. He has led the Grizzles in rebounding in 16 games, in assists 12 times, and in scoring, and in scoring seven times. He has scored 20 or more points in four games and had two double-doubles this year.
Joining Cherry and Jamar in this elite group of 1,000-point scorers (the players' total points scored are listed) include the tandems of Matt Kempfert (1,131) and Jeremy Lakes (1,036) in 1994-95; Daren Engellant (1,224) and Roger Fasting (1,047) in 1991-92; and Bob Cope (1,810) and Lou Rocheleau (1,235 points) in 1948-59.
Senior forward Mathias Ward, who did not play in the Davidson game due to an injury, has 933 career points, and he needs 67 more to score 1,000. Montana has had three players on one team with 1,000 or more points on the same team once (players total points scored listed): Jordan Hasquet (1,396), Matt Martin (1,021), and Andrew Strait (1,617) in 2007-08.
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