April 15, 2011
LOBO TV: Fenton Profile (10-29-09)
Albuquerque, N.M. --- Long before University of New Mexico fans got excited at the sights of a little scrappy 5-9 point guard named Jamal Fenton hustling for steals, bombing three-pointers, and dishing no-look passes, he was doing those same things at his high school in Houston, Cesar E. Chavez High. Tonight, Fenton is back home in Houston for the ultimate honor, as Cesar E. Chavez retired the #21 in honor of Fenton this afternoon.
Jamal, who was #21 in high school, not his very familiar #13, was one of the greatest players ever in the history of Cesar E. Chavez High School, where he led his squad to a 5A Region III District 20 title as a senior, averaging 21.7 points and 5.2 assists. During his senior season with the Lobos (a team nickname that apparently he thoroughly likes), he shot 59% from the floor, and 44% from three, hitting 73 long-distance bombs. Five times as a senior he topped the 30-point mark, including a season-high 36 points against Jones High School, draining seven triples.
"It's a pleasure just to see my accomplishments and hard work get noticed by my school and community," said Fenton. "I'm very honored by all of this. Go Lobos!"
Steve Alford, who took part in the celebration via long distance, also echoed the sentiment. "All the coaches and teammates are extremely excited for Jamal. This is a very special day for him as he gets recognized for his efforts while in high school." Alford added, "I'm glad he was able to share this moment with his family and friends."
Fenton was listed as the No. 25 point guard by Scout.com, and ESPN ranked him as the No. 20 point guard after his senior year at Cesar Chavez. Fenton has helped bring his winning ways to New Mexico. After winning 55 games his final two seasons in Houston, he has helped the Lobos of New Mexico to 52 wins in his first two years.
This past season Jamal averaged 5.4 points and dished out 62 assists, third-most on the team. He was also third on the team with 32 steals. He started a pair of games, the first of his career, and both of those came in the NIT, where he combined for 15 points, 12 assists, and just four turnovers in those two starts.