College basketball is not the only league filled with madness come March time. Texas Legends forward Jameel Warney scored 30 points and seven rebounds in their 148-105 win against the Iowa Energy on Monday night. Warney has been lighting up the D-league and it’s hard to understand why a three-time America-East player of the year would get snubbed.
From becoming Roselle Catholic High School’s all-time leading scorer, Warney translated his talents quickly to college. The 3 time AP All-American honorable mention and 2016 America East tournament MVP put up huge numbers in his senior campaign at Stony Brook. He averaged 19.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 3 blocks. He also led his Seawolves to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance.
Despite his outstanding senior finish, Warney went undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft. He signed with the Dallas Mavericks, but was later waived. The Texas Legends, the Mavericks D-League affiliate acquired him two weeks after his waiving. Ever since then, Warney has been playing with a chip on his shoulder and it might soon pay off
Since joining the D-League, Warney has averaged 16 PPG, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists on 56% shooting from the field.
Jameel made his presence felt down low against the Iowa Energy and the Energy simply could not match up with him. His awareness from his players passes was outstanding as well as he was ready to post up in the paint when his teammates assisted to him. His strong suits were simple, yet effective. When his teammates could not finish their shots, Warney was right there to clean it up.
Ironically, Warney’s energy was unmatched and he showed no signs of slowing down even after the buzzer sounded. Warney knows he is good and he proves it every night on the court for the Legends.
Warney has certainly proved that he is NBA league material, possessing the maturity and skill set that is capable of hanging with the big dogs. If he continues to put up consistent points with the Legends, he could very well garner interest from multiple NBA teams and show the teams who passed on him what they could have had in the very near future.