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Growing up in Williamsburg Projects in Brooklyn, NY, the odds are already stacked against you. That didn’t’ deter Jamael from dreaming; and dreaming big. The NBA was on his radar since the age of five and nothing or no one was going to tell him otherwise.


Jamael attended the prestigious Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, where he played 2 years of varsity basketball. Not only was he a star student and exceptional athlete, he was also a role model for his peers and younger children in his developmental houses.  During his time at Bishop Loughlin, Jamael was on the honor roll every quarter of every year and by his junior year, he was asked to be in the Honor Society. Jamael was also awarded the James Bonilla award, given to the best student athlete in the school.


Off the court, Jamael was succeeding, and that translated to on court accomplishments. During his senior year at Bishop Loughlin, Jamael averaged 10 points and 4 assists per game and was also awarded the team’s Most Improved Player award. Graduating in June of 2003, he went on to attend and play college basketball.



Jamael attended SUNY Cobleskill for his first 2 years of college; receiving his Associates Degree in Sports Management. During his two years there, Jamael was an integral part of the basketball team, which set him well on his way for a rewarding and successful career. He garnered many accolades and is considered one of the best players in SUNY Cobleskill History. He is top 25 in every statistical category, i.e., points, steals, assists and rebounds.


He also led his team to a Regional Championship in his sophomore year, while averaging 18.5 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds in conference play, all while leading the nation in steals at 2.5 steals per contest. Upon graduating from SUNY Cobleskill in 2005, he played at the nationally recognized University of Rhode Island for his junior year, where he received the team spirit award: a commendation for being an outstanding teammate.


He finished his collegiate basketball career at The University of Massachusetts Lowell. While at The University of Massachusetts Lowell, Jamael led the team deep into the playoffs. During that span he averaged 15 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game.



After graduating from The University of Massachusetts Lowell in June of 2008 with his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Jamael had a blessed opportunity to play professionally in Cassagnes, France for 22ft Basketball Academy.  Jamael played against some of the top talent in France. During the 2008/09 season in France he averaged 18 points, 13.5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals per game.


During the 2010/11 season, Jamael led his team, Bodfeld Baskets Oberharz in Elbingerode Germany, to a Cup Championship. He averaged 27 pts, 10.8 asts, 4 rbds and 2.3 stls per game.  In 2011/12 Jamael was drafted into the NBA G-league and played for the Erie Bayhawks. Although injury prevented him from continuing on that season, he bounced right back.


In 2012-2013, Jamael trained with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks and played for the North Dallas Vandals, where he averaged 15pts, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game before he suffered another injury that ended his season. Going from country to country in the years to follow, Jamael has solidified himself as a consummate professional on and off the court



Jamael never allowed shortcomings and unforeseen situations alter his faith, nor his confidence. While injury took away basketball for two years, it didn’t take away his willingness to be of service and cultivate the other talents God has blessed him with. Jamael has always wanted to create; With that mindset, he decided to start a basketball program called the Big and Little Skills Academy, where he teaches kids the holistic viewpoint of basketball.


Aside from that, Jamael is a published featured author. He has written segments in books such as One Last Breath and Aligning With Your Life’s Purpose, and currently is a contributing writer for Thrive Global. He is also a humanitarian, taking every opportunity given to give back.


The Big and Little Skills Academy partners with the Samaritan Village, a homeless shelter, as well as Foster Care-Unplugged, to conduct free clinics for the children there. Activism is also a big part of Jamael’s passion. His organization has partnered with the NYPD to conduct an event called Dribble Against Cancer, where they will be raising cancer awareness, all the while using basketball as a platform to mitigate the strained relationship between the NYPD and our inner city youth. In addition, Jamael is the founder of Top Elite TV, an organization that services the elite players around the country in everything from player development to public speaking.

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