As the summer recruiting season nears its end, rising seniors are preparing to make their final argument to coaches around the country for offers. One of those seniors is Braden Lamar (2020) of Bishop Gorman, a guard/wing whose stock continues to rise over the summer competing with the Las Vegas Knicks in the Adidas Gauntlet. Today, we had the opportunity to discuss his summer before the final stretch of games and only NCAA certified period in July.
RLH: Tell us about your experience playing AAU this summer. How has it been different from other summers?
BL: My experience playing AAU this summer has been awesome. It has been different than other summers due to the level of competition. Last year I played 16u in the Nike circuit, this year I am playing 17u in The Adidas Gold Gauntlet. The jump from 16u to 17u has brought my game to a new level. As I play multiple positions, I am having a great and competitive experience on The Gauntlet. It is fun to play against such high level players. I feel like it has made me a better and smarter player all around.
RLH: What has been your most memorable moment from competing over the summer thus far?
BL: My most memorable moment of this summer so far was while playing with my high school team, Bishop Gorman High School, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our team was able to take down Mater Dei in the Section 7 finals in Phoenix, Arizona. I was able to play hard and it led to success. It was an amazing experience to be able to play against and beat such a great team to end the June season.
RLH: Who has been recruiting you the summer?
BL: This summer I have talked to many coaches from a variety of great schools. I am excited to move forward in the recruitment process.
RLH: What aspect of your game have you been working on the most this summer?
BL: I have been working on handling the ball under pressure well. I’ve never had a problem with the ball in my hands, but I feel like if the ball is on a string and no one can take it from me, it will up my game to an even higher level.
RLH: What events are you looking forward to attending as you round out the summer?
BL: I’m very excited to finish out the Adidas Gauntlet in Birmingham, Alabama playing with the Las Vegas Knicks, and hopefully, the Gauntlet Finale in California. I will be playing in the Las Vegas Classic and maybe the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament at Bishop Gorman as well. I am also excited to say that I have received an invite and will be participating in the Larry Hughes Elite Camp near St. Louis, Missouri, in August. I can’t wait for these events and to be able to show my ability and value to college coaches.
RLH: Who has influenced your game the most?
BL: I believe my grandpa, Jack Morrical influenced me the most. He was a division one college athlete and I am hoping to follow in his footsteps. When I was extremely young, he had me doing dribbling drills every day. He taught me how to hold the ball when I shoot. He showed me proper shooting mechanics. He taught me the importance of physical and mental toughness. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I know that he is watching over me and is proud of the player, student, and person I have become.
RLH: Once the ball stops bouncing, what do you want to spend your time doing?
BL: When the ball stops bouncing, I would love to pursue a career in Broadcast Media. While attending Bishop Gorman, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to write stories, color commentate, create packages, edit, and be the on air sportscaster for our in circuit news channel, BGTV. I have edited a few personal highlight videos which can be found on my YouTube channel linked here.
RLH: What’s your favorite basketball movie and why?
BL: My favorite basketball movie of all time is Hoosiers because it shows how to be a team and never quit. Also, Hoosiers was based in Indiana where my mom was raised. My Grandpa, Jack also played basketball at the same school that the film is based upon. I have seen the movie countless times and it never gets old.