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Posted On: 12/20/17 11:27 AM
The Marina High basketball team has already more than doubled its win total from last season and we’re only 10 games into the season.
The play of forward Jakob Alamudun has been the biggest reason why the Vikings are 7-3 on the season after going 3-23 a year ago.
The 6-foot-5 combo forward has been a walking double-double so far this season, including a massive 30-point, 25 rebound effort in a win over Troy at the Jim Harris Classic.
Alamudun improved every aspect of his game over the summer, from ball skills to his 3-point shooting, but the reason why he’s been so effective this season is due to better conditioning.
“I’m down to 190 pounds from 210 last year,” Alamudun told Prep Hoops SoCal. “It’s helped me with my speed and quickness and playing with more energy consistently.”
Alamudun’s high motor is trickling down to his Marina teammates as the young Vikings are playing with much more confidence this year.
“We just need to keep playing together,” Alamudun said of what Marina needs to do to reach the playoffs. “We’re all a year older and a year better now, so there are higher expectations for us.”
Expectations are growing for Alamudun’s college recruitment, as well. He’s received interest from a variety of Division I programs, but he knows that there are parts of his game he needs to continue to work on in order to reach that level.
“My ball handling and perimeter shooting can always be worked on,” he said. “I also need to keep getting better defensively.”
If Alamudun continues to produce the way he has already this season, he should see his stock continue to rise, especially with his 4.0 grade point average.