Pro basketball player comes to Hebron

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Thu., Aug. 2, 2012
Jeremy Lamb talks to basketball players at a clinic at RHAM High School on July 30.
Jeremy Lamb talks to basketball players at a clinic at RHAM High School on July 30.

More than 50 young basketball players surely slept well on July 30, after a team led by former University of Connecticut player Jeremy Lamb put them through some rigorous paces during an All Pro Sports clinic at RHAM High School. Lamb was joined by his father, Rolando, a team of assistant coaches, RHAM varsity coach Steve Emt, and a number of RHAM varsity and JV players who volunteered their time to the clinic. Clinic participants were worked hard, participating in drills designed to strengthen their basic basketball skills. After more than two hours of play, they had the opportunity to listen to Lamb talk about his background, his sport, and his development into a pro player for the Houston Rockets.

Lamb grew up in the south, and talked of how his dad (a former college player) always encouraged him to rely upon God. Rolando also encouraged him to work hard at his sport. Lamb recalled getting up at 5:30 a.m. as a high school student, getting in an hour of practice before a 7:30 a.m. morning bell. Recruited for UConn, Lamb said that he worked hard to distinguish himself as a freshman, recalling hours spent dribbling with wrist weights on his arms. The hard work paid off when Lamb played a significant role his freshman year in securing a 2011 national championship for the Huskies. Following the season he was selected to play as part of Team USA in the FIBA Under-19 World Championships. He was the only American player selected to the five-man All-Tournament team.

After a disappointing season for UConn in 2012, Lamb declared for the NBA draft. He was chosen in the first round by the Rockets in the 12th pick overall. “I’d never seen my dad cry before,” Lamb told the young players gathered cross-legged in front of him on the RHAM gymnasium floor. “The day I was drafted, my dad cried.” But it wasn’t the draft pick that prompted the emotion, explained Lamb. “He cried because when I was picked I thanked God.”

Among the questions asked of Lamb was, “What is your favorite professional team to watch?” Wisely, Lamb answered, “Houston.” Asked if he was ever scared of UConn Coach Jim Calhoun, Lamb answered, “No.” Then, thinking again he amended himself. “Well,” he said, “a little bit, maybe - sometimes.”

Check out future All Pro Sports clinics at www.allprosports.us.


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