Posted On: 01/9/17 11:35 AM
Bishop McNamara’s Jamir Moultrie is considered to be the No. 10 2017 hoops recruit from the Maryland/D.C. area, according to Prep Hoops, and he certainly lives up to the hype.
Moultrie, who plays Grassroots ball for Baltimore Elite, is a 6-foot point guard who received multiple offers on the recruiting trail before shutting things down and committing. He ended up committing to La Salle back in October of 2016, but it wasn’t because of a lack of trying from other programs. In all, Moultrie boasted 20 other offers before signing his letter of intent with the Explorers. Other schools with offers on the table for him were Monmouth, Southern Miss, Richmond, West Virginia, Memphis, George Washington, USC, Kansas State, Butler, George Mason, Virginia Tech, Georgetown and Georgia, among others.
Obviously, Moultrie was a highly-sought after recruit with multiple notable programs after his commitment, and his high stock on the recruiting trail makes sense when checking out the film to see all the things he can do on the basketball court.
With that in mind, here’s a Prep Hoops scouting report for the future La Salle Explorer.
Moultrie appears to be a quick-twitch athlete, much like a running back or wide receiver in football. He has a very smooth shot and can be dangerous from three-point range. He’s a quick shooter and doesn’t need a lot of room to be able to get his shot off. As soon as he gets the ball, he’s a threat to throw it up and fill it up.
He has good full-court speed. He can get a rebound or outlet pass and take it all the way to the rim. He has good ball and body control and isn’t just a shooter. Moultrie has the ability to drive the lane and put up an athletic shot. Has good court-vision. He’s the type of point guard who can get his own shot, but also does a nice job of setting up his teammates off the dribble. Defenses are going to have to respect his ability to pull up and shoot on a dime, but he can also drive off the dribble and get into the lane. That’s going to set up a lot of wide open teammates for outlet passes and Moultrie fits the point guard mold in that he can find them.
It’s very hard to critique a player at Moultrie’s level. As a point guard, he has the ability to score at a high rate, but he can quite obviously run an offense and dish it off to his teammates. With that in mind we have to get really picky when it comes to improvements.
The one thing Moultrie will have to become cognizant of at the college level is that players will be bigger, faster and stronger — especially in the paint. He has a tendency to drive to the rim with reckless abandon, which is great at the high school level. He’s more athletic and likely stronger than most people he plays against in high school. In college, he’ll likely have to learn how to pick his spots when going up to the rim a bit more, though. This is not at all a bad thing, because it will increase his passing opportunities as a point guard. It’s simply an area of his game that will have to adapt as he steps it up a level.
Moultrie has everything it takes to be a major factor in the Atlantic 10. His outside shot and ability to get it off at a moment’s notice will keep him active in the scoring column, but really look for him to take the next step as a point guard in college. Ultimately, he has starting point guard potential.