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Jamal Mashburn Jr. wants to hear from Kentucky, play with “the best in the nation”

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At 6-foot, 160-pounds, former Kentucky great Jamal Mashburn’s son is considered a consensus four-star shooting guard and a top-100 sophomore in the nation, and his pure jumper and scoring ability is bringing his stock up in a major way.

Last weekend at the Under Armour Association in Dallas, Jamal Mashburn Jr. put on a show in front of several college basketball coaches and analysts.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. wants to follow in father’s footsteps, puts on a show at UA Association

We talked last week about Mashburn Sr. post-basketball career as a major businessman, where he now owns over 80 franchises, including nearly 40 Outback Steakhouses and over 30 Papa John’s stores. The former Kentucky star’s son is hoping to follow in his footsteps by thriving off the floor as much as on.

He reportedly maintains a 3.7 GPA, takes entrepreneurship courses, and hopes to work hard enough to get into Harvard.

“One of my goals is to have my grades be good enough for Harvard,” Mashburn Jr. told Walter Villa of USA Today. “Injuries can happen, and one day the ball is going to stop dribbling. But I want to have longevity as far as my mind.”

And like his father on the court, Mashburn Jr. wants to play with the best in the nation when he gets to college, specifically naming Kentucky as a school he wants to hear from.

“One of my goals is to play for the best destination and the best spot for me to get exposure because obviously I want to be a pro,” he told Joe Mussatto of SEC Country. “I wanna hear from Duke, Kentucky — all the big-name schools.”

Before Rick Pitino was fired at Louisville, Mashburn Jr. openly favored the Cardinals and said he wanted to play for the same coach his father did. In fact, he told Mussatto he still keeps in contact with the former Louisville head coach.

“I had a strong relationship with Rick Pitino and I still do,” Mashburn Jr. said. “He still keeps in contact with me to this day. That’s a big part about it. Even though he’s not part of Louisville, he still keeps in contact. That’s what I love about Rick Pitino.”

Though he claims his father is his trainer and mentor, the 2020 four-star shooting guard says Mashburn will not be steering him to Kentucky or any other school. He wants his son to “create his own path.”

“He wants me to create my own path and create my own journey,” Mashburn Jr. said. “Whatever’s best for me, that’s good enough.”

For more on Mashburn Jr.’s recruitment and time in Indianapolis this weekend for the Under Armour event, check out the entire SEC Country article here.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 Comments for Jamal Mashburn Jr. wants to hear from Kentucky, play with “the best in the nation”

  1. runningunnin.454
    11:41 am April 28, 2018 Permalink

    He needs a growth spurt to follow in his father’s footsteps.

    11:53 am April 28, 2018 Permalink

    If Jamal Sr. wants to foot the bill for the scholarship..initially anyway (and he can definitely afford it…NBA $$ + VERY smart business investments), then I’d say Cal would be happy to offer him. And who knows, the kid could have an Ant Davis-like growth spurt, and become more of the size Cal likes for the point/shoot position.

    • JusSayin
      10:18 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

      Mashburn actually donated thousands back to UK from his very first NBA paycheck so he’s already done that.

      4:13 am April 29, 2018 Permalink

      Um, you completely missed my point. This isn’t about $$, it’s about Cal not needing to waste a scholarship.

  3. Kat4Life
    12:07 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    Not much of a market for a 6 foot 170 pound shooting guard in the NBA

    • Kat4Life
      12:08 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

      But a late growth spurt could make him UK -relevant

    • henderblue
      6:01 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

      I’d say he’ll grow some more

    • JusSayin
      10:19 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

      He’s a sophmore. He’s got some growing to do still.

  4. Headhurts
    12:13 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    Here’s hoping Harvard comes calling, good kid.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:33 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

      He wouldn’t be playing with the best in the nation; but I can understand that a good student would want to be able to play for Tommy Amaker. Of course, Dad would have to foot the bill at Harvard, too.

    • CatsandPats
      12:50 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

      Dad could foot the bill for all the Ivy League schools combined.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:07 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

      No doubt. I hope the young man can pursue his dream, whatever that may be.

  5. njCat
    1:54 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    He wants to hear from the big programs but has a goal of getting into Harvard in case he gets hurt? So which is it?

    • BBNDan7
      10:26 pm April 29, 2018 Permalink

      You act like both aren’t an option?

    2:33 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    Looks like a mini me Mash same stroke and some of Monster Mash’s exact moves. If he can grow 3-5 inches he is going to be a great shooting guard..

    3:13 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    He list UL, I’d pass.

  8. katfan33
    3:41 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    No brainer, we take the kid. His father, let alone my favorite Cat of all time, is one of the top 3 players in UK history. Class act, smart kid, good player and a UK legacy.

    • Not Dan Issel
      3:45 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. Can understand if he decides to go the Harvard route, but if not, then UK is where he belongs.

  9. CoachCat
    4:14 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    If we’ve got room for Brad, we’ve got room for a legacy