Name: Jamil Gambari
School: Woodlands High School
Athletic accomplishment: Gambari was co-MVP of the Slam Dunk Tournament after recording 41 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in two wins at the Westchester County Center. Gambari led the Falcons to the state semifinals last season.
Academic accomplishment: Gambari carries a 96.66 unweighted average and is fourth in his graduating class. He is undecided about his college choice, but has numerous Division I offers.
Getting to know
The Journal News: You’re a basketball star, fourth in your class, Homecoming King, and more. Is there anything you didn’t accomplish at Woodlands?
Jamil Gambari: I should’ve played football, joined a play and modeled. I still might model at a fashion show this year; we’ll see. I didn’t do (football) because I was always really worried about injury and it would take all my time away from basketball; I wanted to work on my game in the fall. The play, I haven’t done because I’m a little shy. I feel like I could do it, my mom thinks I should do it.
TJN: What position do you think you would play in football?
JG: I’d probably be a wide receiver.
TJN: What play would you have liked to have been a part of?
JG: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
TJN: Do you have any idea where you’re going to attend college?
JG: I have a lot of ideas. … I’m not sure where I’m going to college, I just want to have a great education and great basketball experience wherever I go.
TJN: You’re a percussionist in the marching, concert and jazz bands at Woodlands. Is there a specific instrument you play?
JG: I wasn’t really stuck on one drum, I just did a little of it all.
TJN: I have to ask, have you seen ‘Drumline’?
JG: Of course! That’s one of my favorite movies.
TJN: What’s your favorite part?
JG: When (Nick Cannon) realized that the band is bigger than himself and, when he realized that, he wanted what’s best for the band as a whole. Like the motto, “One band, one sound,” he was worried about his sound after the band’s sound, and once he started doing what was best for the band, that’s when he sounded better.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.