Profile: Jamal is a big, strong, athletic, lefty guard, who is very smooth and crafty… He has great feel and understanding of the game, knows when he has to be a facilitator and when he has to take over the scoring load. At 6’3, 200lbs he is physically ready to play a rigorous season… In iso situations he has a good variety of crafty moves to keep defenders on their toes, will pull up with a 3-ball or midrange shot, or get in the lane with a floater or strong finish at the rim… His strength is a great asset because he is not afraid to use his body, either on drives or when playing with his back to the basket… Has good balance and body control when finishing around the basket as well… At his best in pick in roll and transition… Loves to grab the rebound and push the fast break, but is also great at running the floor for spot up 3s or finishing around the rim in transition with his 40inch vertical… Tenacious defender with a 6’8 wingspan… Great leader and person on and off the court…
Gulf Coast Lions of the TBL (The BASKETBALL LEAGUE (2019-2020)
Was selected Round 2 pick 12 in the TBL draft. Played 6 games with the Gulf Coast Lions before Covid-19 shut down. Shot 60% from the field.
College Park Skyhawks and Lakeland Magic G-League tryouts (2019)
Participated in the College Park Sky Hawks G-League tryout where he made the final cut and started at point guard in the top 10 game. Impressed coaches with his ability to create shots for himself and others. Also was great in the pick and roll and defending the pick and roll. Sky Hawks posted him getting to the basket on their Instagram account… Also participated in the Lakeland Magic tryouts where he was 1 of the first selections for the top 20 game. He was great making reads in the pick and roll. Orlando Magic featured him in an article on their website about his confident demeanor and skills.
Sioux Falls Sky-Force and Lakeland Magic G-League tryouts (2018)
Participated in the Sioux Falls Sky-Force G-League tryout where he made it to the final cut. Really impressed coaches with his ability to get to the basket, knock down shots, make the right reads and his defensive intensity. Made the final cut of 16… Also participated in the Lakeland Magic G-League tryouts where he impressed coaches with his shooting and rebounding from the guard position. Made 8 3s in a row over a span of two 8 minute games in the top 20 (4 teams of 5) games. Went 8-9 from 3, and 10-14 overall to go along with 9 rebounds in a total of 18 minutes of play.
Bethune Cookman University (2016-2018): Due to injury, and problems with the NCAA missed the majority of the games while at Bethune Cookman, never got to see as much court time as he should have, per head Coach Ryan Ridder… MEAC All-Academic Team… MEAC regular season champion…
Hillsborough Community College (2014-2016): Scored 20 points against Sante Fe State…Had a stretch of 9 consecutive games in double figure scoring…Was 6-8 from field, including 4-4 from 3FG in win over TAAG Basketball Academy… Hit the Game winning shot to go along with 19 points and a steal to seal the game against top 25 ranked Tallahassee Community College. 15 double figure games…had 17 points, including 4 3-pointers at Florida State College…had 9 rebounds against Miami Dade. Lead Hillsborough to a Suncoast Conference title.
High School: Sarasota County district 4A district player of the year while at Booker High School. Averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds… Spent a year at Impact Basketball Academy in Sarasota Florida.
Personal: Full name is Jamal Deion Gaines… Nickname “Mal”… Born April 19th, 1994 in Sarasota, Florida… Son of W. Frank Gaines Jr., and Diane Preston-Gaines… Youngest of 5 in a blended family… Degree in Psychology… Masters in Leadership.
Shooting off the dribble workout