Jamal Shedd ‘adopts’ Jaras Walker, other UH students – one of the best college basketball leaders already moving forward

DrDuring the first team meeting of the summer, the first team meeting for what many expect to be a historic season for the University of Houston’s basketball program, Jamal Shedd quickly takes over. The base does this by applying to help a new student.

Garas WalkerThe five-star striker, who is the highest rated recruit under Kelvin Sampson, appears unsure of the timing of the schedule presented by the coaches. Walker asks for clarification on how long he needs to be somewhere. He tells Shedd Walker he’s got it—and that the UH players will team up together so everyone is on time.

“I just let him know we do a lot of things together,” Shedd says. paper city. “Just show up at least 30 or 40 minutes early and we will go there together and do what we have to do. We will always do it together.”

It seems like a simple thing. This is in many ways. But it’s also indicative of how Jamal Shedd, who started last season as a bit of a limb and finished as one of America’s best keepers, leads these Coogs, a clear contender for the National Championship.

“I followed Dick’s lead,” Shedd says of the former UH point guard. Dijon Jarrow, who propelled the 2020 Final Four team when he was a freshman. “And now it’s my turn to drive. He (DeJon) showed me, let’s say we work at 6:30, and he showed 5:50. Then when everyone’s ready to go, we’ll go as a team.

“things like that.”

Estimated Walker Shedd as he showed him the road. And where to be at any time.

“When in doubt, if I don’t know what to do, I know exactly who I should look to for what I should do,” said Walker. paper city. “Just having leaders who have been in the big games I’m trying to get to and being lucky enough to play in them.

“With their level of maturity and experience, it is certainly easy to learn and follow in their footsteps.”

It looks like Shead and Walker have already hooked up. During the Name, Image, and Similarity (NIL) golf tournament for UH basketball players held at The Club at Carlton Woods earlier this week, Walker always appeared to be in a Shead golf cart as they rammed around the course. Or somewhere near a social security point.

It may have gone somewhat under the radar nationally, but Jamal Shedd established himself as one of the best captains in all of college basketball last season. And the extent of his leadership for Team UH is evident at Carlton Woods.

When Jake Headrick, the former Samford University coach who organized and ran the NIL Golf Championship for UH Players under his Cambio Sports The company of events, needing someone to say a prayer before a meal and make some notes, turned to Shedd. And whenever Hedrick needed to call all the Houston players together, he would ask Shedd to do so.

Shead also puts forward a work-like approach to this day, telling his teammates, “It’s nothing, but it’s basically a job.” Perhaps it is no coincidence that the Cougar players continued to be praised for their professionalism during the tournament. UH players seemed to take their responsibilities as ambassadors very seriously, going from hole to hole seeing every group of golfers paying money and spending a lot of time with whoever came to them in the dining room next.

“The players effort,” Hedrick said of what stood out. “I told someone the same way these guys are on the field, they are the same way off the field. Great guys.

“And for that reason, it has been a pleasure working with these guys.”

The University of Houston Cougars defeated the East Carolina Pirates 79-36 on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Fertita Center.  Keeler Edwards scored 25 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.
Jamal Shedd uses small fairway runners and floats to make a big impact in Houston. (Photo by F. Carter Smith)

Shedd’s personality and sense of responsibility seem to make him a natural for this leading role. When a group of UH players are staying outside in triple-digit temperatures, he comically scolds them. “What do men do to stand in the heat?” Shedd says, shaking his head.

Next, the guard leads the group to the air-conditioned amenities of the Carlton Woods Club.

Few things. great leader.

“I feel like it’s more about my personality,” Shedd says of taking charge more now. “I really like to help out in any way I can really. If that means being the leader, I just try to do my best.”

Jamal Shedd is so committed to being a good captain and putting the team first that he tells KPRC Counselor Johnson And I—two reporters who showed up at a golf tournament—didn’t even know if he’d start a Houston team full of deep talent. straight face

(Quick note: built sure It’ll be a start.)

How did Jamal Shedd support Marcus Sasser by giving him space

Fellow guard Marcus Sasser, whose decision to withdraw from the NBA draft and return to the UH Vaults of the Kelvin Sampson Program shortlisted for national favorites, was calmer. Sasser leads further with an example of how seriously he works to improve his performance and exaggerate the feeling that he is the best player on the field. In contrast, Shedd doesn’t mind grabbing a microphone.

Shedd also knows his buddies. And he knew well enough to leave Sasser as the goalkeeper was making his decision in the NBA.

“I had no idea what he was about to do,” Shedd said when asked if he was leaning on which path Sasser would take before announcing the bouncer’s return on social media. “I just said whatever your decision, I fully support it.

“Because if your dream is to get into the NBA…that’s a lot of our dreams come true. If you get the chance to do that, I’d love to take it.

“I’m glad he’s back. But even if he doesn’t come back, I won’t get angry.”

It’s hard to imagine the beauty of Shedd going this crazy. This point seems to always smile. On this day, with new people (UH alumni, reinforcement and support) to meet, he seems to be in his element.

“I feel it is more of my personality. I really love to help out in any way I can. If that means being the leader, I just try to do my best.” – Point guard Jamal Shedd

But he still always gives lessons to freshmen like Walker, four-star striker Terrence Arsenault and four-star goalkeeper Emmanuel Sharp.

“Honestly, this is probably the easiest part of the year,” Shedd says of the summer practice session and pick-up games. “So far. We haven’t even reached the True Conditioning Month. This will be . . .

“After July, is the time when it really starts. Once we get back to our little two-week vacation (between UH summer school sessions), that’s when it really starts.”

Shedd turns to face Jaras Walker, who is sitting behind him in a six-seater golf cart. “I hope you are ready for that,” he said to the super talented student. “It’s light now. But watch out.”

Walker nodded, following the UH leader.

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