Boston Celtics' fans may remember Eddie House's son, Jaelen, as the rambunctious ball of energy who chest bumped, cheered and high-fived the C's team on to an NBA Championship in 2008 over the Los Angeles Lakers.
If you went to a playoff game that season, it was hard not to notice him. You'd see him running up and down the sidelines and invigorating the team with so much emotion and spirit that it made you want to find out who he was if you didn't already know. No offense to Lucky, but Jaelen brought the energy 10x more than the team's mascot ever did. He got the TD Garden amped up just like his dad would with a clutch three-pointer.
During Boston's championship run that season, Jaelen was just seven years old. Flash forward to 2015, and he has grown into quite the ballplayer himself, as he prepares for his first year of high-school basketball in Arizona. The apple don't fall far from the tree.
Jaelen made waves with scouts in middle-school after putting up some gaudy performances in AAU ball. Now he's set to do the same at the next level under the wing of his cousin, who also comes from a basketball bloodline, Michael Bibby.
Bibby, the son of former NBA star and NCAA Champion Mike Bibby, is entering his senior year at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona where Jaelen will begin his high-school career this season.
A knee injury forced Bibby to sit out all basketball activities last year, but the season before he led Shadow Mountain to a boys basketball state championship. He hopes to do that again now with the help of his cousin Jaelen.
In a preseason camp last week, Jaelen House backed up Bibby at guard for Shadow Mountain. He reportedly showed off the same quick shooting release that his dad was known for, as well as great court vision and unselfishness.
He can be seen knocking down a pretty crossover-step back three-pointer in a video via Richard Obert of AZcentralsports that caught some oohs and aahh's from the crowd in attendance.
"Me and my dad, he gives me advice about doing the right plays, playing how I should play, instead of doing too much," Jaelen said in an interview. "It's important for him to get ready for this level now. He plays just like his dad – and there isn't a shot he don't like," the older Bibby said about Jaelen.
At the 2nd Annual Ballislife Junior All-American Camp in August of last year, Jaelen was named camp MVP for his age group, and Boston fans have to love the name of the AAU team House represented for, the I 10 Celtics.
He'll look to follow in the footsteps of Bibby Jr., who already has collegiate offers from Memphis and USC according to the elder Mike Bibby.
With the earliest he could hit the NBA being 2021, it's definitely too soon to hope that Boston lands Jaelen House with a future draft pick. But one thing is for certain, I'll be rooting for him and keeping an eye on him going forward. I'd like to think Celtics' general manager Danny Ainge will be too.
Top photo - Greg Moody (@gregmoody_2)
Mid photo - Richard Obert (AZcentralsports)
Mvp photo - Westcoastelite25basketball.com
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