Kentucky fans hope Lamb will bring something the Cats lacked last season — a consistent three-point shot. That might be too much to ask of the New York City native right away, but Lamb shouldn’t have much of a problem adapting to John Calipari’s system. He played in the dribble-drive offense for two seasons at Oak Hill and spent much of that time in the point guard’s role, which has analysts wondering if he and Brandon Knight will be able to co-exist in the UK backcourt as John Wall and Eric Bledsoe did last season. Lamb, who participated in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, chose the Cats over Kansas, West Virginia, Connecticut and Arizona.
Status: UK signee
Position: Shooting guard
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
High school: Oak Hill Academy
Rivals ranking: No. 21 overall, No. 3 SG
Scout ranking: No. 28 overall, No. 5 SG
ESPN ranking: No. 29 overall, No. 6 SG
MaxPreps ranking: No. 19 overall
|Oct. 31||Central Carolina Academy (N.C.)||W, 100-55||22 pts, 5 rebs|
|Nov. 5||Winston-Salem Prep (N.C.)||W, 87-62||34 pts|
|Nov. 6||Ernst Prep (Mich.)||W, 125-63||19 pts|
|Nov. 7||Southern Carolina (N.C.)||W, 97-73||31 pts, 8 rebs|
|Nov. 11||Floral McDonald (N.C.)||W, 105-76||33 pts, 9 rebs, 7 asts|
|Nov. 13||Winston-Salem Prep (N.C.)||W, 100-69||18 pts|
|Nov. 14||Cesar Chavez School (D.C.)||W, 109-71||32 pts, 11 rebs|
|Nov. 20||Veritas Christian (N.C.)||W, 77-51||22 pts|
|Dec. 5||Calloway County (MIss.)||W, 73-46||26 pts, 11 rebs, 10 asts|
|Dec. 11||Carolina Forest (N.C.)||W, 99-40||20 pts|
|Dec. 12||Gaston Day School (N.C.)||W, 100-52||20 pts|
|Dec. 14||Ridge View (S.C.)||W, 89-65||31 pts|
|Dec. 21||Walnut Ridge (OH)||W, 87-56||15 pts, 5 asts|
|Dec. 22||Cincinnati Princeton (OH)||W, 68-47||20 pts|
|Dec. 27||Sunset (OR)||W, 94-66||16 pts, 3 asts|
|Dec. 28||Oregon City (OR)||W, 80-67||29 pts, 6 rebs, 15-17 FT|
|Dec. 29||Westview (OR)||W, 72-58||23 pts, 7 rebs, 6 asts, 4 stls|
|Dec. 30||Westchester (CA)||L, 52-47||16 pts, 4 rebs|
|Jan. 16||Northland (OH)||L, 47-46||13 pts, 5 rebs|
|Jan. 18||Greensboro Dudley (N.C.)||W, 87-65||16 pts|
|Jan. 23||Columbia (Ga.)||W, 63-56||18 pts|
|Feb. 2||Mountain State Academy (W.Va.)||W, 45-44||6 pts|
|Feb. 12||St. Patrick’s (N.J.)||W, 79-78||18 pts|
|Feb. 13||St. Peter’s (N.J.)||L, 84-81||49 pts, 5 threes|
|Feb. 17||Forsyth Country Day (N.C.)||W, 92-76||No Stats|
|Feb. 20||Quality Education (N.C.)||W, 92-76||27 pts|
|Feb. 27||Benedictine||W, 79-65||20 pts, 6 rebs|
|Feb. 28||Oak Ridge||W, 73-38||5 pts|
August 2008: Lamb leaves Bishop Loughlin High School in New York after his sophomore season to go to basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Lamb averaged 22 points in his final season with Bishop Loughlin.
June 28-July 1, 2009: Lamb participates in the Paul Pierce Skills Academy, a camp in Boston that showcases 20 of the best shooting guards in high school basketball. Among the other participants were consensus No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010 and North Carolina signee Harrison Barnes and one-time UK recruit and Memphis signee Will Barton.
July 5-8, 2009: Lamb participates in the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron Ohio, a camp for 80 of the nation’s best high school players. Lamb was among 30 players selected from the camp to represent the United State in the Nike Global Challenge, an international basketball competition held in Oregon. UK players John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins participated in the event in 2008.
July 8-9, 2009: Lamb teamed with UK target Josh Selby and Harrison Barnes on the “Michigan State” team in the King City Classic in Cleveland.
August 7-9, 2009: Lamb played for the USA Midwest team in the Nike Global Challenge. His teammates included one-time UK target and Michigan State signee Adreian Payne and Harrison Barnes.
Feb. 11, 2010: Lamb is one of 24 high school seniors named a McDonald’s All-American. He will play with several other UK recruits in the nation’s premier high school all-star game March 31 in Columbus.
June 16, 2009: An New York Daily News story on Lamb’s return to New York City, where he played high school ball before leaving for Oak Hill. See story.
John Calipari on Lamb: “Doron is a terrific guard … who will come in and contribute right away. With the dribble-drive motion and the way we play, his ability to score and his mid-range game will flourish. I think he’s going to be a great defender and a great addition for us at Kentucky.”
ESPN analyst Paul Biancardi on Lamb: “Lamb is an excellent scoring two-guard. What makes him so lethal is that he can do it from every area on the floor. … The high-flying Lamb gets plenty of points in transition, finishing at the rim with a strong body.”
Lamb on Lamb: “Coach Calipari is a great coach, does great things with guards. We can do big things.”