Joppatowne High grad Jermaine Head Jr. is all-time leading scorer in basketball at Wilmington University

Jermaine Head, Jr., a Joppatowne High grad, is the Wilmington University career leader in points, steals and assists and he did it in three seasons.
Jermaine Head, Jr., a Joppatowne High grad, is the Wilmington University career leader in points, steals and assists and he did it in three seasons.(Courtesy of Gavin Bethell)

Jermaine Head Jr. will graduate in May from Wilmington University and in just three years. In that span, Head has put his name all over the record books at the Delaware school.

The 6-foot point guard leaves the school as the all-time leader in scoring, steals and assists.


“It was a like dream come true because when I got there, my friend, the year I red-shirted, he was the one that got the scoring title,” Head said.

A layup by Head in a Feb. 26 game pushed Head past Tyaire Ponzo-Meek’s mark of 1,808 points set during his senior year in 2016-17.

“To see my growth and everything, it was a like a dream come true to see. I’m really the all-time leading scorer at a school, that was crazy,” Head said.

Head’s list of records is significant. Besides being the all-time leader in points (1,871), he also holds the career marks in steals (206) and assists (450). He is tied for most assists in a game (14) and scored the second most points in a game (41).

He is also second in most steals in a game (8), while setting a Wilmington mark for making 13 free throws without missing. He was 13-for-13 in game this past season.

His 691 points this season were the most on team this year and his 23 points per game average was a conference best.

“We made the playoffs and made it to the final four, but lost in semifinals,” Head said of his final season at Wilmington. “Winning championship is the only thing I was missing. I got all conference every year, rookie of the year my first year and so, just winning a championship.”

Head was a second team Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference selection his first year and a first team selection the past two seasons. Head was the CCAC Player of the Week twice this season.


Head played high school basketball at Joppatowne, coached by his father Jermaine Head Sr., graduating in 2015.

Head left Joppatowne for Davis and Elkins College, but he did not play there. He then transferred to Wilmington and with a shortage of credits, had to redshirt that first year.

“I just felt comfortable when I went there and one of my dad’s friends knew the coach and he told me he was a good coach,” Head said of his decision to transfer to Wilmington. “So, when I went on a visit, it was nice. I met the coach and we’ve had a good relationship ever since.”

An organization management, business major student, Head still has his eyes and thoughts on playing more basketball.

“Oh yeah, for sure. My coach has been talking with agents for me during the season. He said I couldn’t talk to them because we were in season, but now that were out of season, I’m gonna be able to talk to them, sign an agent and get overseas,” Head said. “That’s exactly what I would love to do.”

Head has been running camps in the summer in Wilmington and in Harford County the past couple of years.


He is the son of Jermaine Head Sr. and Teresa Head. Head Jr. says dad “stopped coaching to watch me play my last couple of years.”