According to Adam Zagoria, 6'8 Jamir Hanner from NIA Prep (Newark, NJ) has verbally committed to Seton Hall, joining 6'6 Fuquan Edwin and 6'8 Eugene McCrory in the current class of 2010-'11 Pirates. Hanner had received interest from Iowa State, Texas, Oregon State, Minnesota, Boston College, Western Illinois, Cleveland State, Utah State, Rider, St. Peter's, Norfolk State, Charlotte, and Coppin. According to his NIA coach Rudy King:
He has the potential to play the 3 and 4 positions and rebounds with the best of them. He finishes strong above the rim with either hand and runs the floor like a deer. He has great touch for a prep school forward/center and will be a force to reckon with in the Big East.
"What I admire most about Hanner is that he is coachable, plays team basketball and hates losing and took advantage of the prep opportunity the way it was originally designed. I’m happy for Jamir and his family."
Regarding Seton Hall, Hanner said:
"I just like the atmosphere of the campus. I like the coaching staff as well as their style of play," Hanner said by text."
Jamir has impressed NBE Basketball Report with his athletic ability as they posted yesterday:
Hanner has impressed NBE in earlier views with his athletic ability on the glass and in transition. He also showed the ability to face up and attack off the dribble.
In his junior year, PhillyHoops.net had Jamir as the 10th player in their Class of 2010 top 45. He was the 2nd SF on their board, however.
Recruitrecon.com ranks Hanner as a 2.5 on a scale of 4 on his player page which was last updated on November 2009. They also had the following to say about his performance in the Eddie Griffin Challenge:
Jamir proved to be a strong and athletic player in this game. On one play he powered his way through contact and finished on a layup. He was fouled on this play but missed the free throw and really struggled from the charity stripe throughout the game. His athleticism came in to play on the defensive end when he flew in to block a shot from behind and also on a pair of his dunks. One of his dunks was a high flying alley-oop while the other he threw down with 2 hands after taking a single dribble. Other than his free throw shooting Jamir was impressive and finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
In February, Hanner participated in the NPSI in Rhode Island and was a stand-out player, earning recognition on the All-Tournament Team courtesy of Net Scouts Basketball:
Jamir Hanner of NIA Prep. The 6′9 senior scored 31 points and had 21 rebounds in his two games.
Last week, he made North Star BBall's Class of 2010 Fab 50:
13. Jamir Hanner, PF, 6'7, NIA Prep, uncommitted- a lengthy 4 who can put the ball on the floor a bit, he rebounds well, scores, and plays hard
In a recent interview, he was asked about the lack of offers after only hearing from James Madison and Canisius, to which he answered:
"James Madison and Canisius. That's it so far because it always has been a situation with my grades. Now that I'm doing well at this prep school, I should hopefully [get more offers]."
ESPN insider lists his scouts grade as an 83. His page was updated today, but their last evaluation was nearly a year ago, in April of 2009:
He is an above the rim finisher with a clear path and likes to score from the left block with a high elevating turn shot over his left shoulder. Hanner also displayed his ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the rim from the low wing and he is even better from high post area especially going to his right. He also is a terrific offensive rebounder that gets his share of tip ins. At times he gets lost on the defensive end in terms of positioning in relationship to the ball but is still very much a work in progress with excellent upside.
A few Jamir Hanner highlights:
At the 1:00 minute mark, #25, apparently his nickname is, "Jigga." The following video is a clip of three relatively uncontested Hanner dunks against undersized and rather nonathletic bigs.
Some more highlights from #25 throughout this clip:
We will have much more to follow on the Jamir Hanner verbal commitment in the coming days. Welcome to The Hall, Jamir. We're excited and proud to have you as a Pirate for the years to come.