Tag:Jamal Branch
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:36 pm

Former A&M guard Jamal Branch picks St. John's

By Jeff Borzello

His transfer situation didn’t get the attention of Khem Birch, but former Texas A&M guard Jamal Branch also made his decision on Monday night.

The freshman is moving on to St. John’s, his father Jerome confirmed to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com.

Branch took a visit to the Red Storm’s campus over the weekend, and didn’t take much longer to make his decision. Originally, it seemed like he might wait a week and take another visit but he wanted to make his decision.

Branch left Texas A&M on December 29 after having an up-and-down 11 games for the Aggies. He was a highly-touted prospect coming out of high school, and should be a huge addition for St. John’s when he is able to play.

Branch averaged 4.2 points and 2.5 assists at A&M.

Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:33 am

Texas A&M freshman Jamal Branch will transfer

Jeff Borzello

Texas A&M has had its fair share of problems this season, but one of the main culprits for its up-and-down start has been turnovers.

Now, the Aggies will have to go at it with just one point guard on the roster: freshman Jamal Branch has decided to transfer.

“Jamal Branch and his father decided to look at some other options and transfer,” head coach Billy Kennedy told reporters on Thursday night. “We wish him the best.”

Branch’s father, Jerome, told Evan Daniels of Scout.com that they don’t have a new list of schools yet.

Branch was a highly-touted prospect coming out of high school, ranking in the top 50 in most rankings. He was averaging 18.6 minutes coming off the bench behind senior Dash Harris. Branch added a different dimension than Harris, with the ability to get to the rim and create shots for himself. Branch was expected to take the reins next season and run the show for the next three years. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.5 assists in 11 games, with a season-high 10 points coming in a loss to Mississippi State earlier this season.

Without Branch, the Aggies are very thin in the backcourt. Harris is the lone ball-handler on the team, while shooter Elston Turner will need to get some backup minutes at the point. 

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