As a standout soccer player, Jamil accumulated multiple team championships and MVP awards before ever picking up a basketball. He decided to switch sports after a brief encounter with Merrick Palmer in January 2003. Merrick befriended Jamil as he saw a drive and a hunger that was rare in young athletes. Jamil subsequently became Merrick’s first client and continued to train him in parks around Orleans.
At Colonel By Secondary School, Jamil quickly established himself as one of the top point guards in Ottawa and was selected as a city all-star all four years of high school. As a senior he lead his team that went undefeated and secured a spot in the AAAA OFSAA tournament going head to head against Pickering guard Corey Joseph (San Antonio Spurs).
Jamil went on to the play for Bishop’s university where he would become an all-round player but was feared as a 3-point sniper. By his 5th year, Jamil was recognized as one of the premier shooters in all of Canada shooting 43% from long range. Although he was under-utilized throughout his career, Jamil’s shooting prowess did not go unnoticed by SportsNet basketball contributors prior to the 2015 National Final 8 tournament.
Winner of multiple Bishop’s sportsman awards, Jamil exemplifies hard work, perseverance and leadership. After finishing from Bishop’s University Jamil continued to work hard and chase his dream. Currently playing professional basketball overseas; Jamil was able to land his first gig in Lebanon with a Division 1 team called “Hoops”. Looking forward to continue playing for a few more years, Jamil is excited to begin the next basketball phase of his journey as a skills instructor at Capital Courts.
“Obstacles are put in front of us to make us face adversity, and prepare us for what lies ahead. Never let it stop you from reaching your goals, no matter how tough it is! “