It may be considered the culmination of one dream, but for Jalen Lampman’s already extensive basketball achievements, he feels like he’s just getting started.
The senior Lakeview High School star point guard and two-time player of the year selection in the 2A Southern Cascade League made his college choice official in a signing ceremony held at the Lakeview High School library on Wednesday, Oct. 23, surrounded by friends, family and faculty. Lampman signed an athletic scholarship with Oregon Tech, continuing to pursue basketball in not only familiar surrounding, but similar team colors as well.
Anticipated to appear but unable due to conflicting practice schedules was Justin Parnell, current head coach of the Oregon Tech men’s basketball program. Instead he sent a letter, which Lampman’s mother, Carmen, read to the crowd in attendance.
“He is excited to have Jalen be a part of the Owl family,” read Carmen Lampman. “It says, ‘We are pleased to offer you an athletic award for the 2020-21 academic year.’”
LHS Principal Lane Stratton also addressed the crowd, noting how impressive it has been to watch Lampman set goals at a young age and pursue his dreams.
“This is a great day for many reasons; first, he is one of ours,” said Stratton. “It is neat to see a young person make goals at a young age. I picture someone practicing over and over again shooting in their driveway, and Jalen has been one of those. He has been true blue, and at OIT he will continue to be true blue – I think it’s great that he’s going to a school well known not only for its basketball program but also for its high level of academics.”
Lampman latched onto the game at a very early age. His father, Randy, has coached Lampman at every competitive level. His older brother Landen, also an accomplished basketball player while at LHS, was a constant motivator for Jalen to improve through sibling rivalry. Landen also signed with Oregon Tech, but has since transferred to Oregon State and focused on academics.
“He (Landen) definitely pushed me, as a younger sibling you always want to be better, so it was good motivation for me seeing him do it first,” Said Jalen Lampman. “My dad too, he has coached all aspects of my game and got me where I needed to be. He has pushed me to do my best and be my best, I owe this to him.”
Long before Lampman succeeded at the high school level he was turning heads on a national level, participating for six years in the annual National Elks Hoop Shoot – a youth free throw competition, with regional events leading to a national final in Springfield, Mass. Lampman became the national champion of the Elks Hoop Shoot at age 9.
At Oregon Tech Lampman intends to major in business, and hopes to one day work at Nike and coach basketball. Lampman is very familiar with the campus; he has been attending basketball camps at OIT since he was seven years old.
He joins a storied basketball program that under Coach Parnell last year won the Cascade Conference and reached the NAIA championship game. As a point guard and shooting guard, Parnell has indicated to Lampman he intends to redshirt him his first year, unless he is simply too good to keep off the court.
“I see myself fitting in well, they are a run-and-gun shooting team, and I feel like I fit right into that,” added Lampman.
Before Lampman competes at the collegiate level though, he has unfinished business – to three-peat as conference player of the year and lead LHS to the playoffs. The Honkers open their season on Thursday, Dec. 5.