Endless Motor Sports had the privilege of speaking with 2017 top 100 wing Jamal Cain fresh off his commitment to Marquette on Saturday. Jamal walks us through what sold him on Marquette, his role for the Golden Eagles, and what he’ll bring to the court starting in 2017.
EM: Can you walk us through the visit mechanics?
JC: On Friday we hit the practice facility, then breakfast, then we toured the academic facilities and met with the tutors. After that we had lunch, then we watched the team practice and headed to dinner. Saturday we toured the campus and the dorms to get a feel for the academic buildings and where I’d be living.
EM: Did you go into the weekend knowing you were going to commit?
JC: I loved the coaching staff heading into the visit, but I needed to see if I was comfortable with the campus, so I didn’t plan on committing heading into the visit but it was a possibility.
I'm officially a MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLE…I thank God for all my BLESSINGS!! pic.twitter.com/SCs9Qf3QQ7
— Jamal (@jamalcain24) September 17, 2016
EM: What sold you on Marquette?
JC: The entire coaching staff, from all the assistants to the head coach made me feel like family. A lot of the coaches have Final 4 experience and that’s a big plus for me. The campus was great, it wasn’t so big that I felt intimidated, everything was within walking distance, so I really like that aspect.
EM: When did you know you were going to commit?
JC: We had a get together at Coach Woj’s house to celebrate Coach Stan’s birthday, and all the coaches and their families, players, academic advisors all came over. I realized then this was the type of family environment I wanted to be a part of.
ON COURT FIT
EM: What type of role does Coach Wojciechowski see for you at Marquette?
JC: He wants me to knock down open shots, finish in transition, and rebound the ball in a shooting guard/small forward role.
EM: What are you going to bring to Marquette?
JC: I’m going to bring a lot of athleticism, a lot of energy, and lot of rebounds, and lot of buckets!
MESSAGE TO MARQUETTE NATION
EM: Are you going to do any recruiting and try to get other prospects to Marquette?
JC: Definitely. I’ve already talked to Xavier Tillman and told him it was great a school and program.
EM: What would you like to say to the alumni base and Golden Eagle fans?
JC: I will try my hardest to bring a national championship to Marquette and give 110% every time I step on that floor.
SCOUTING REPORT & FIT FOR MARQUETTE
Jamal is a high upside prospect at 6’7 that will bring a ton of athleticism and shooting ability as soon as he steps on campus. He has a very nice looking shot from distance, demonstrated by his 37.3% in EYBL play. Jamal’s great verticality will allow him to be an electrifying finisher at the rim. Cain is very comfortable hitting midrange shots off the dribble at this point, and will continue to improve his ballhandling to enable him to eventually take on more playmaking responsibility. Jamal is a really nice rebounder for a wing, as he averaged 5 rebounds per game during EYBL play, and demonstrates good motor and multiple efforts on the glass. Once Jamal adds muscle and strength to his frame, he should become a very good multi-positional defender, as he has ideal length and lateral agility to defend perimeter players and enough athleticism to be a good help side shot-blocker.
Bottom line is that Marquette got a steal in Jamal Cain. He is the prototype small forward in terms of size and length, has the ability to knock down perimeter jumpshots and finish at the rim in highlight reel fashion. Take comfort in knowing that Jamal hasn’t even touched the surface of his full potential, as he will no doubt add a ton of muscle mass and refine his skill set as a freshman. Jamal has the type of raw athletic ability and talent that could see him be an all Big East type player in a few years.
I’ve had the honor of covering Jamal in depth for quite some time, and have enjoyed watching him play. See below for recent highlights I’ve put together on Jamal during EYBL play and the Derrick Coleman Elite Summer League.