Moscow, ID – In Saturday’s hard fought battle Idaho gave the Montana Grizzlies a late Christmas present by not making key free-throws and turning the ball over. Idaho (6-8) which lead the entire game until four seconds were left in the game went 18-for-33 from the FT line and turned the ball 17 times which allowed Montana (5-4) to cut into their 15-point lead and enable them to walk away with a win on the road.
However, in the loss Idaho’s senior SF Stephen Madison (6’5 202 lbs) poured in a career-high 35 points with 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Madison hit 11-of-18 shots and went to the free throw line 18 times, converting 12 of those. Madison possesses decent athleticism coupled with a long wing-span, big hands and a high basketball IQ and can score in several ways. He is a solid spot-shooter from 3pt range and does an excellent job of drawing and handling contact which leads to open shots for his teammates or him getting to the foul line. Madison has solid post-up skills and can finish with either hand. Defensively, he is smart, using his wing span and understanding of team defense to make-up for his limited quickness and athletic ability. Reports from the staff indicate that Madison has a great work ethic and attitude both on and off the court.
Madison ranks 6th in scoring and 3rd in rebounding so far this season in the WAC Conference. He currently ranks 10th all-time in scoring with 1,184 points. Madison is good overseas and NBADL professional basketball prospect that professional teams in need of a smart and capable SF should take a serious a look at.
Montana was also lead by a good SF prospect in senior Kareem Jamar (6’5 207 lbs). Jamar scored 26 points, pulled down eight defensive rebounds and went a surprising 11-of-12 from the FT line, making all four in the last 15 seconds of the game. Jamar is very athletic with good physical strength. Like Madison, Jamar can post-up, has a decent mid-range pull-up shooting game and is an effective spot-up shooter at times from 3pt range. Defensively, Jamar has a long wing-span coupled with his athleticism/strength which allows him to be somewhat effective guarding the low post and perimeter. Two concerning things to note about Jamar is that even though he went 11-of-12 from the FT line on Saturday, on the season he is only 49-74 (66.2%). As Montana’s top player and scorer, Jamar will need to improve his FT% and consistency from the line.
Jamar ranks 12th in career scoring and 11th in career assists at Montana for his career. He is a good professional prospect for mid-level professional clubs comparable to German Pro A.
Eric Stang is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball.