St. Frances junior four-star guard Jahnathan Lamothe has committed to Maryland, giving the Terps their first commitment from the Class of 2023 and new coach Kevin Willard a victory in local recruiting.
Lamothe, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound combo guard who announced his commitment on Instagram, is a highly touted prospect out of Baltimore. He is ranked the No. 124 player in the country, the No. 22 shooting guard and the fourth-best player in Maryland, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He chose the Terps over Georgetown, Penn State and Central Florida.
“I definitely put in a lot of hard work, a lot of hours in the gym and just to be able to play at this level is a blessing and I’m happy to do it at home,” Lamothe said. “I committed on my visit and it just felt like I was at home and this is where I want to play my college basketball. It really hit me on Sunday when I posted [that I committed] and saw all the love from my family and fans and everybody else that was just so happy for me. It’s like a dream come true for me because I always watched college basketball and now I’m about to play it.”
Lamothe, who also plays for Team Durant in the AAU circuit, was a key starter for St. Frances, which finished the season 35-8 and No. 2 in The Baltimore Sun high school poll.
In his junior season, Lamothe averaged 11 points, four rebounds and four assists per game for the Panthers. More importantly, St. Frances coach Nick Myles said Lamothe brings winning intangibles that are vital in producing success. Myles has had an up-close view of the hard work Lamothe has put in since his freshman year, starting with his regular workouts that take place before and after the school day.
“He’s dedicated himself to doing all the things he can to give himself a chance to play at the highest level,” Myles said. “He plays on and off the ball, which is great. He’s a big point guard, he’s a new age point guard who scores and his passing ability is underrated. He’s becoming a better defender every day and he’s competitive and wants to win. So he’s the kind of guy you want on your team.”
The Terps have been active in the transfer portal, landing Charlotte’s Jahmir Young, Georgetown’s Donald Carey and Seton Hall’s Jahari Long, and also got a commitment from Class of 2022 three-star guard Noah Batchelor, but this is Maryland’s first commitment beyond 2022. Maryland has four seniors on next season’s roster, including Young and Carey as well as returners Donta Scott and Hakim Hart, though all but Carey could return for a fifth year due to the extra year granted to NCAA athletes because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Terps have had success recruiting players from St. Frances in recent seasons, including getting a commitment from Julian Reese, who had a strong freshman campaign and is expected to start in the frontcourt next season.
Maryland assistant coach Tony Skinn recruited Lamothe, according to 247Sports.