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J. David Jamerson

Stow High School has had many good basketball players in its history, but the one who stands out head and shoulders above the rest is Dave Jamerson. A prolific scorer, in his senior year he led the Bulldogs to a perfect 20-0 record, averaging 33.5 points per game. Stow eventually lost to Central-Hower in the playoffs, but was ranked third in the final state poll. After graduation in 1985, he entered Ohio University and went on to earn four letters in basketball. As a freshman, he didn't start but was instant offense off the bench, averaging better than 14 points a game. Invited to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), the Bobcats lost to eventual NIT Champion, Ohio State, by three points. Prior to the next season, Jamerson suffered an unfortunate accident, tearing the medial ligament in his right knee. He was red-shirted by the Bobcats but returned to the hardwood in 1987 and was a starter for the next three years. Not only did Jamerson average 17 points per game in 1987-88, but also he was on the winning North squad, earning a gold medal in the Olympic festival games at the University of North Carolina. In his junior year he improved to average 19 points a game. However, he saved his finest performance for his senior year of 1989-90. He set an NCAA I record for the most three-point field goals in one game-14 and established new Mid-American Conference (MAC) records of 60 points in a single game and 877 points in a season for 31 points per game to finish as the third leading scorer in the nation. His effort earned him Player of the Year in the MAC and he was voted first team CoSIDA Academic All-America. In the process the 6-5 scoring machine became OU's all-time leading scorer, racking up 2,336 points. And to top off that senior campaign the Miami Heat selected Jamerson as the 15th player in the NBA draft. He was traded to the Houston Rockets and for the next four years played with the Rockets, Utah and New Jersey. In his final pro season, 1995, he won a silver medal in the Pan American games.

Inducted 2002 | Basketball