Feature photo courtesy of Jeran Moultrie.
Friends and family are what keep Jamir Moultrie going everyday.
Moultrie, a 4-star point guard from Bishop McNamara High School (MD) committed to La Salle University on Oct. 28. He announced his decision on Twitter, ending his three year recruitment process.
Moultrie chose La Salle over Monmouth, Georgia and Georgetown.
“I chose La Salle because it was a great fit overall,” Moultrie said. “I have the opportunity [to play] major minutes as a freshman playing behind two seniors and a junior.”
Moultrie, who is from Delaware, moved to Maryland at the age of eight. He still has family in Delaware and is excited that they can come see him play at La Salle.
Although Moultrie received high Division I offers from UCF, USC, West Virginia and Kansas State, he valued a relationship with coaches and the prospect of playing early.
This is where La Salle came into play, as they stayed consistent and developed a great relationship with him.
“The relationship with the coaches was key,” Moultrie said. “They have been recruiting me since sophomore year, they always kept good communication, and was straight up with me. They made me a priority.”
Moultrie is a four-year starter at McNamara and has averaged over 18 points per game since his freshman year. He carried the Mustangs to the final four of the playoffs two of his three years at McNamara. His goal is to win a championship this year.
Moultrie is looking forward to carrying La Salle back to the Sweet 16, much like he has carried McNamara in high school. La Salle has a lot of work to do after a 9-22 season last year and a three year NCAA Tournament drought.
The lack of success is not a problem for Moultrie. He likes taking on the role of being the darkhorse and underdog of the conference — it is where he truly thrives best. Moultrie is the type of player that can come in right away and take La Salle back to the tournament just as he did at McNamara.
Moultrie credits all of his success, both on and off the court, to his father, Jeran.
“My dad got me to where I am at right now,” he said. “He always pushed me at a young age. When I didn’t want to work out, he pushed me. He made me into the man I am today.”
Moultrie started watching his dad play and instantly fell in love with the game.
“Jamir could always score,” Moultrie’s dad said. “But [he] wasn’t as skilled as everyone else…We worked hard, and I pushed him to stay hungry and to never be satisfied with your development as a player.”
Off the court, Moultrie depends on his friends and family to take his mind off the game. His schedule is rigorous and he spends his free time playing video games and hanging out with his friends.
Moultrie is very close with his family and is playing to make them proud.
“I play for my family and my Uncle Ron, who passed away when I was young.” Moultrie said.
Moultrie said he believes that without the constant support from his friends and family, he could not be where he is today. His family has pushed him to be the best player he can be and it has paid off.
Moultrie’s dad is a firm believer that working hard helps to achieve success. This mantra has helped Moultrie improve his game. Moultrie has taken that mindset to heart, working out three times a day, even during the school year.
Moultrie plans on studying criminal justice at La Salle and would like to play in the NBA or overseas after college. He is on track to score 2,000 points this season and break the scoring record at McNamara.
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