Jamar Coke: Hard As Steel
Published by Jason Gairey on May 3, 2010
The city of Hamilton has been known for its hard work in an industry that produces the toughest type of metal used and needed by the human race.
“Steel City” as it has been infamously labeled, also has been a basketball hotbed in Ontario for many years, pumping out some of the toughest players to hone the hardwood in the Golden Horseshoe.
Schools such as St Thomas More, this year a OFSSAA Quad A Silver Medalist, and Hamilton McNabb come to mind when discussing hoops, but no school has done in this town what Hamilton Cathedral has accomplished on the high school basketball scene.
Over the years the program has sent several players to NCAA Division1 schools and several CIS programs as well. This year Cathedral has another player who has been lighting up the city at the point guard position, Jamar Coke.
I caught first glimpse of Coke at the St Mike’s Invitational Tournament earlier this season, where he easily held his own against some of the premier players in the province.
His ability to get up and down the floor at the speed of light was intense and he is definitely one of the quickest guards out there, making it very difficult for defenders because of his quickness and bursts of speed and athleticism.
Although only standing 5-foot-11 he has an incredible vertical leap, and all year has wooed the crowds in transition or fast breaks with his occasional eye-popping dunks. The ability to use is body well, and go strong to the hoop shows that with some continued work, he could be a solid point guard at the next level.
Instant offense is what Coke brings to the table as his season stats will convey. Averaging 23 points, five assist and seven rebounds per contests shows that scoring is not a problem as well as standing out in other aspects of the game.
His goal is to fine tune his game and become a true point guard.
“I know that in order to run the point, I need to polish my game, and be able to get my teammates the ball.” Coke admits,” I know I can take any defender, but with my size, on the next level, I need to see the floor like a true point [guard].”
Most recently, he showcased his talent at one the “A Game Hoops” Exposure Camps that are becoming very popular amongst NCAA, CIS and JUCO coaches.
This being his last year of high school he has said that he has received some interest from schools, mostly CIS and Community Colleges, but has also received interest south of the border from JUCO’s such as Iowa Central and is not counting that option out.
“I know what the next level is in store for me, and playing on the next level is a dream that I won’t let die. Attending some camps and polishing my overall game is what I’m doing to get myself there,” Coke said.
With a heart and a game made of steel, the doors will continue to open.