When he was hired to be the new head coach at LMU, one of the first players Stan Johnson offered a scholarship to was Jahmai Mashack, a 6’4” guard from Etiwanda High School, in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Jahmai is not the first Mashack to be offered an LMU basketball scholarship. Back in 1996, his father, Elton Mashack, was offered a scholarship when he was a 6’5” Guard from Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, CA.
I watched Jahmai’s father, Elton, play at LMU when I was an undergrad and he is one of my all-time favorite players. Elton, a smooth, athletic lefty with a high motor, was tough and relentless on both ends of the court and was one of the most exciting players on the team to watch.
Like his father, Jahmai has been described as a high motor, tough, tenacious defender who has the athleticism and work ethic to thrive at both ends of the court in college.
Elton was a highly decorated player in high school. Here’s his bio from the LMU Athletics website:
High School: A 1997 graduate of Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, CA… enjoyed an incredible career while at the school… earned three varsity letters, all in basketball… was an all-CIF selection as a senior prep… led the team averaging 19.8 points per game… finished the season with a 10.1 rebounds per game average… as a guard, finished the season averaging an incredible 4.0 blocks per contest… shot .550 from the field, .360 from three-point range, and .710 from the free-throw line as a senior… earned most valuable player honors during his senior campaign in the Del Rey League… among his many accolades, he was selected to the all-San Gabriel Valley first team by the San Gabriel Tribune… earned most valuable player honors in the San Gabriel all-star game… was a first-team selection for his efforts in the Crescenta Valley and Covina Christmas tournaments… the Arroyo Tournament committee named him the tournament MVP.
Although Jahmai’s high school career has yet to be completed, he is already compiling an excellent career of his own, having risen to a 4-Star Senior and ranked as the #78 overall player in the Class of 2021 by Rivals and the #81 overall player nationally and the #4 player in California by 247Sports.
One of my favorite things about Elton was that he chose to attend LMU over programs such as Georgetown, San Diego State and DePaul.
Jahmai is currently being recruited by Louisville, Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado, Cal Poly SLO and Pepperdine, among others.
Despite all the recent offers and interest Jahmai has received, a recent article on Stockrisers.com quoted him as saying: “There is still a chance I stay home with the LMU offer for sure.”
This is certainly excellent news for Lions fans. It’s great to hear that Coach Johnson and the rest of the LMU staff continue to recruit Jahmai and continue to build a relationship with him and his family.
Stay tuned as we follow Jahmai’s recruitment.