The mygotgame featured student-athlete of the week is Jimel Lane. Jimel has been one of the best players in Miami-Dade County over the course of four seasons
By Michael Costeines
The 6-foot-7 guard/forward averaged 24.4 points and ten rebounds per game while shooting 51 percent from the field this season for Miami Palmetto. Moreover, Lane went 58-of-156 (37 percent) from deep. He was also a team captain for a Panthers team that went 20-9 overall.
The unsigned prospect had some explosive games in a Panther uniform. Lane scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while shooting 10-of-19 from the floor against 7A state champion Miami Columbus (29-2). You might notice a trend of big-time performances throughout his career (see below). He also dropped a season-high 38 points while shooting 15-of-23 from the field against 16-9 Miami Killian. Overall, Lane finished with 20 or more points in 21 of 24 games and scored 30 or more in five contests. He also recorded 14 double-doubles.
Lane’s talent was not limited to the offensive end. His length and athleticism attributed to 55 steals and 51 blocks overall. Furthermore, he had three or more steals in eight games and three or more blocks in nine contests
Undoubtedly, Lane was named 7A-5A First Team All-County by the Miami Herald. That list includes star freshman Cameron Boozer and 4-star prospect Marcus Allen. Lane was rightfully chosen with some of the best players the county has to offer.
As a junior, he attended Hialeah Mater Academy Charter. Once again, Lane dominated on the floor. He averaged 19.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game over 21 games. Lane helped the 21-3 Lions to a spot in the Class 6A state title game. He dropped a season-high 35 points against Mater Lakes Academy at the Kreul Classic Tournament. Lane was one of the top scorers at the national showcase event. Against eventual state champion Calvary Chrisitan Academy, Lane scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds (five offensive). Overall, he recorded 19 games in double-figures.
As a sophomore, Lane attended Coral Gables. He averaged 15.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor. Moreover, he shot 35 percent from deep and 75 percent from the free-throw line. Lane scored a season-high 27 points while shooting 10-of-16 from the floor against eventual 7A state champion Miramar (24-6). Overall, he scored in double-figures in 21 contests. Lane helped the Cavaliers to a 18-6 overall record.
As a freshman, he attended Coral Reef. He averaged 14.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 23 points and nine rebounds while shooting 10-of-14 from the field against Gulliver Prep Overall, Lane scored in double-figures in 13 of 16 contests.
His productivity has been consistent at each of his destinations. Lane has developed from a highly athletic forward to a lead guard with excellent perimeter skills. His versatility would be a valuable commodity at the next level.
Lane currently holds offers from Eastern Florida, Tallahassee Community College, Indian River State, Columbia College and the University Fort Lauderdale.