Philadelphia basketball is usually defined by tough guards, and another one coming up the pike is Lamarr Kimble. The Neumann-Goretti product was a role player as a freshman, but now heading into his sophomore season big things are expected.
At about 5-foot-11 with a good feel for the game, Kimble was one of the top performers at the Hoop Group Future All-American Camp. Also all summer long with Team Final he played very well.
“I had a real productive summer and I was working hard,” said Kimble. “It was good to see everything really develop. We played up as a team a lot in tournaments so that was a good experience.”
After playing a supporting role as a freshman, he is ready to team with JaQuan Newton to form one of the better backcourts in the Mid-Atlantic.
“We feel pretty good about the season coming up,” said Kimble. “Coming off the bench was a good experience for me and JaQuan is a great player so I think we can form a great backcourt.”
As would be expected his recruitment is already fairly steady, and it could begin to pick up even more.
“I’m contacted the most by Villanova, St. Joe’s, and LaSalle,” said Kimble. “Those are the schools that contact me the most, but I have interest from Syracuse, Xavier, Penn State, Miami, and a couple of others.”
The Philadelphia native says it is an honor to be hearing from his hometown schools so early in the process.
“It would be good to play in Philadelphia,” said Kimble. “One day to maybe be able to show out for my city would be great. It is just an honor to hear from them.”
Historically a school that has done very well recruiting the city is Syracuse, and Kimble has taken note of that.
“I know that Jim Boeheim is a good a good coach,” said Kimble. “He puts his players in the right situation to succeed. They are more than basketball, they help you grow as a person as well.”
At the moment Kimble just watches games and tries to gather information. He feels his style of game is one that can fit in, in almost any system.
“I know I am a pass first high IQ guy,” he said. “I like to think the game and love to get everybody involved, and there are a lot of situations I can see myself in.”