Hamans ready to fill Pine Manor stat sheet
Published: May 23, 2015 | Last Modified: May 23, 2015 11:33PM
By Ken Lipshez Record-Journal Staff
MERIDEN — Jamel Hamans unselfishly filled up the stat sheet for the Maloney basketball team the past two years. Now he’ll have the chance to do the same for the second-year program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Hamans was recruited by Rhode Island College, Albertus Magnus and Western Connecticut, where his Maloney teammate Tracy Rumley will play.
“The plan was that we were going to go to the same school,” Hamans said. “It would have been fun competing with him for another four years.”
But Hamans, a 5’11, 165-pound swing man for the Spartans, saw Pine Manor as the best fit. Pine Manor, which went 10-10 in its inaugural season, was previously a women’s institution.
“The coach [Rich Fazzi] made me feel like it was going to be like home,” Hamans said. “It’s a second-year program and I want to help out. I hear a lot of good things about Boston. I’m looking forward to working hard and having a lot of fun there.”
Hamans played in all of Maloney’s 26 games. He led the team in assists (4.4 per game) and free throws attempted (154). He was second in minutes played (24.6), rebounding (4.7), steals (1.5) and third in scoring (11.3, 295 points).
He came to Maloney from Xavier as a junior, when he played in 27 games, scored at a 5.4 clip and averaged three rebounds and assists per game. He scored 440 points in his two varsity seasons. “The best times I had in those two years was going to practice every day and competing with my brothers,” Hamans said. “That’s what basketball is all about, having good relationships with not only my teammates but my coaches.”
The college decisions by Rumley and Hamans help fulfill the primary goals set by Maloney coach/athletic director Howie Hewitt.
“I’m happy for all of my seniors that are going to further their education,” Hewitt said. “That he’s gong to play hoops is that much better.
“He’s a great athlete, competitor and teammate. He became a better captain as the year went on. Watching these kids grow to responsible, motivated young men makes me proud.”
Hamans, who praised the efforts of his mother and grandmother for stressing academic priorities and work ethic through his childhood, had a message of thanks for his coach.
“It was great to play for someone like Coach Hewitt because he’d always get the best out of you in every practice and game,” Hamans said. “He’s a competitive guy who wants to win and wants us all to be successful, and that helped me mature a lot.”
Hamans’ Maloney squad went 20-6 record last winter, 11-3 in the CCC South.
The Spartans made a run in the CCC Tournament, losing by two points in overtime to Weaver in the semifinals. Seeded sixth in the Class L tournament, Maloney lost to No. 3 Career in a hotly contested quarterfinal in New Haven.