By Robert Wilson
Cam Brent is listed as 5-foot-7 on Jackson Prep’s boys basketball roster and is usually the shortest player on the court, but his opponents will tell you the junior point guard plays much taller than that.
Especially last week. Brent averaged 19 points per game, shot 51.4 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line to lead Prep to two victories in three games last week.
For his outstanding performance, Brent has been named the Priority One Bank/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Boys Basketball Player of the Week.
Brent, the son of Jackson State men’s basketball coach Wayne Brent, scored 22 points each in conference victories over Copiah Academy (67-42) and rival Jackson Academy (54-45) and 13 points in a 41-34 loss to Yazoo City in the Rumble in the South. Brent also had 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals for the week. He tied his season high with the 22 points. He also scored 22 points against Pillow earlier this season. His career high is 24 against Central Hinds last season as a sophomore. Brent made 18 of 35 shots from the field, 9 of 18 from 3-point range and 12 of 15 shots from the free throw line for the week.
“Cam has the ability to being able to distribute and score from the guard position,” Prep coach Tim Wise said. “The quickness that he possesses allows him to counter what one may think is a lack of size. Cam very rarely puts himself in tough situations with the basketball, because of his ability to handle it. His ability to start and stop, and change direction is not something that you can completely teach. It is God-given. Cam’s ability to score on the perimeter from a catch and shoot scenario, from using screens and from the quick pull-up/mid-range shot, puts him in an elite class.
“Cam has been in the program for three years and certainly does not shy away from the crucial moments of the game. He possesses a confidence that has grown from seeing repeated successes and countless hours in the gym.”
Brent is averaging 14.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals for 10-9 Prep this season. He is shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 40.6 percent from 3-point range and 70.2 percent from the free throw line.
Brent averaged a team-high 12.3 points and led Prep to a 24-11 record and an Overall Tournament runner-up finish last season.
The Performance Therapy/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Girls Basketball Player of the Week will be announced Wednesday.
Coaches please contact Robert Wilson by text or call at 601.506.2276 or email at [email protected] with your nominations by 3 p.m. Sunday.