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Jamal Branch
Jamal Branch

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kansas City, Mo.

High School:
Grace Preparatory Academy (Texas)

Last College:
Texas A&M

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 169

Position:
Guard

As a Junior (2013-14)
Played in 31 games, including seven as a starter ... contributed 4.5 points per game to go with 1.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes of action ... registered three double-figure games ... made a career-high four treys and poured in a career-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting to register first-career 20-point game in a start against Robert Morris (March 18) in NIT First Round action ... scored nine points in 19 minutes off the bench against Providence (March 13) in the BIG EAST Tournament ... came off the bench to finish with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds in 19 minutes against Butler (Feb. 18) ... scored seven points and grabbed two rebounds in just 10 minutes off the bench in a win against then-No. 12/12 Creighton (Feb. 9) ... matched a career-high with eight assists and had zero turnovers to go with four points and five rebounds in a start at Butler (Jan. 25) ... finished with 11 points and three steals against Seton Hall (Jan. 23) ... scored six points on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor and added five assists against Fordham (Dec. 7) ... totaled seven points, two rebounds and four assists against Georgia Tech (Nov. 30) ... chipped in with five points, three rebounds and three assists against Longwood (Nov. 26) ... finished with eight points, one rebound, one assist and one steal against Wagner (Nov. 15).

As a Sophomore (2012-13)
Played in 17 games, including 13 starts ... averaged 6.1 points, 2.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 23.2 minutes ... registered four double-figure games ... recorded at least three assists in nine contests ... totaled nine points and five assists with no turnovers against Saint Joseph's (Nov. 19) in the NIT Second Round ... dished out a career-high eight assists to go with four points and six rebounds against then-No. 15/17 Marquette (March 9) ... finished with 11 points and a career-high six steals against DePaul (Jan. 30) ... contributed nine points, four rebounds and four assists at Rutgers (Jan. 23) ... poured in a team-high 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting at DePaul (Jan. 19) ... totaled eight points and three boards in a win against then-No. 20/20 Notre Dame (Jan. 15) ... finished with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting against then-No. 19/22 Georgetown (Jan. 12) ... made first Red Storm start and scored 12 points, dished out three assists and grabbed two boards at Villanova (Jan. 2) ... totaled two points, three rebounds, and two assists against UNC Asheville (Dec. 21) in Red Storm debut.

At Texas A&M
Played in 11 games for the Aggies in the fall of 2011 ... averaged 4.2 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game ... fired at a 41.7 percent clip from the field and a 33.3 percent rate from beyond the arc ... dished out 28 assists and posted a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio ... contributed seven points, five rebounds and two assists against St. John's (Nov. 18) ... scored a career-high 10 points against Mississippi State (Nov. 17) ... registered a career-high six assists in his collegiate-debut against Liberty (Nov. 9).

Before College
Originally from Kansas City, Mo., but moved to Texas for his high school years ... played two seasons at Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas, before spending two seasons at Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington ... selected the district's most valuable player, an all-state selection and a finalist for Mr. Basketball in the state of Texas after his senior season in 2010-11 ... averaged 16.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in leading Grace Prep to the state championship as a senior ... a second team All-Area selection by The Dallas Morning News in 2011 ... scored a career-high 48 points against Houston Yates as a senior ... played summer basketball for Team Texas, Houston Hoops and the Houston Swoosh ... earned four letters in basketball and two in football.

Personal
Jamal Edward Branch ... born in Kansas City, Mo. ... son of Schamauda Thompson and Jerome Branch ... has two sisters, Karissa Couty and Jayda Branch, and two brothers, William Mason and Justin Branch ... cousin Alec Burks played at the University of Colorado (2009-10 to 2010-11) and now plays for the Utah Jazz ... cousin Marcus Denmon, who played at Missouri from 2008-09 to 2011-12, was drafted by San Antonio in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft ... Branch and teammate D'Angelo Harrison are longtime friends from the summer basketball circuit in Texas ... majoring in sports management.

Up Close With Jamal Branch
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite band: The Fray
Favorite athlete: Floyd Mayweather
Favorite pro team: St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite ice cream: Cookies and Cream
Favorite book: "The Bible"
Favorite video game: FIFA
Favorite movie: All movies in "The Fast And Furious" series

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