Baylor found its point guard of the future as it received a verbal commitment from Houston Madison’s Jeremiah Gambrell on Thursday night.
Gambrell has played both of his high school seasons for the Madison varsity. After averaging 15 points as a freshman, he averaged 20 as a sophomore.
“He can shoot the ball really well and has real good court vision and can handle the ball,” said Madison coach Craig Maura. “We asked him to do a lot more scoring this year. Next year he’ll have the ball in his hands 90 percent of the time and I know his assists will go up.”
Maura said the 6-foot Gambrell is an excellent 3-point shooter, but can also take the ball to the basket.
“To him, the 3-point line is like a layup,” Maura said.
Maura believes Gambrell’s work ethic sets him apart from many players. He puts in long hours outside of Madison’s regular practices.
“He’s the hardest working kid I’ve ever had,” Maura said. “I get up at 4:45 a.m. and I meet him at 6, and he makes about 600 shots every morning. He does it religiously. After our practice, his dad takes him to Fonde Recreation Center and he’ll work out to 8 or 10 at night.”
Gambrell is the first 2018 commitment for the Bears.
“All I know is he loves basketball and has a passion for it,” Maura said. “There are certain goals he wants to reach. A lot of kids like Baylor because of their uniforms, the Big 12 and that program.”