A recent Washington Post article covers the success MMA Alumni Jamorko Pickett is having during his freshman season playing basketball at Georgetown University. Pickett describes himself as a low-key, quiet basketball player. He follows his instincts, keeps to himself, and lets his jump shots speak for him. Pickett originally got his start right here – playing for the Colonels on the MMA court.
While at MMA, Pickett was a four-star recruit and had originally committed to Mississippi. However, he de-committed and was immediately pursued by Georgetown’s coach Patrick Ewing. With Pickett being a district native to Georgetown combined with Ewing’s NBA experience and the offer to have significant playing time his freshman year, choosing to go to Georgetown just made sense.
Coach Ewing saw something in Pickett while he was playing at MMA and decided to take a chance on him. This chance seems to be paying off. He knew that he was young, developing, and had a lot to learn on the college courts. Ewing knew Pickett was local to the area and was aware of his talent, ability to shoot the basketball and thought Pickett “was something that we needed…something that we had to have.” [quotes from an article in The Washington Post]
This season he has been able to show himself as a player for the Hoyas and has had some career highs in major noteworthy games. In a 93-89 double-overtime win against St. John’s, Pickett put 16 points and nine rebounds on the board. He beat that record scoring 19 points, five of those being three pointers, in the 74-73 loss to DePaul.
We are so proud of Pickett’s success at Georgetown and all of the successes of our alumni players out of our program. Many athletes at MMA are recruited and offered scholarships to power schools and big name colleges and universities. Our program grooms not only skilled and talented athletes on the court, but leaders and players with potential and work ethic that will take them far. Click here to learn more about MMA and our athletic programs.