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  Jamaal Tinsley
Jamaal Tinsley
Player Profile

Brooklyn, N.Y.

High School:

Last College:
Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) Community College

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 195



Awards & Honors


  • Playboy Preseason All-America Team
  • Big 12 All-Star Team
  • United States Select Team
  • Wooden Award Nominee


  • National Newcomer of the Year (Basketball Times)
  • NCAA All-Midwest Region Team
  • All-District 6 Team (USBWA)
  • All-District 12 Second Team (NABC)
  • All-Midwest Region Team (Basketball Times)
  • Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (Associated Press)
  • Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (Big 12 Coaches)
  • All-Big 12 Conference First Team (Associated Press)
  • All-Big 12 Conference Second Team (Big 12 Coaches)
  • Big 12 Conference All-Tournamant Team
  • Big 12 All-Newcomer Team
  • Big 12 All-Defense Team
  • Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Jan. 10)
  • The Tribune Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team
  • Norwest Cyclone Challenge All-Tournament Team
  • CBS-Chevrolet Player of the Game (UCLA)

    Tinsley Notes
    After a breakthrough junior season, Tinsley heads into the 2000-01 campaign as one of the top point guards in the nation...Tinsley is a preseason All-American in a number of publications and is a frontrunner for Big 12 Player of the Year honors...has incredible ballhandling skills and instinct that can break down defenses...dished out a school-record 244 assists last season, surpassing former Cyclone and NBA All-Star Jeff Hornacek...also a strong defender, breaking ISU's school record for steals in a season with 98...a good shot blocker for a guard, swatting 37 shots last season.

    Tinsley at Iowa State(Summer of 2000) Big 12 All-Star & U.S. Select Team
    Led the Big 12 All-Stars to a 5-1 record on their tour of Austria...was the second-leading scorer (12.5 ppg) and paced the team in assists (30) and steals (18)...shot 50 percent from the floor, including a 37.9 clip from behind the arc (11-for-29)...made the winning free throw with 1.4 seconds left to preserve a 92-88 win over the Oberwart Gunners...was the team's top scorer in the contest, netting 17 points with six assists, six steals and just one turnover...had 13 points and eight assists to help the All-Stars defeat the Basket Swans Basketball Club, 87-79...opened the tour with a 3-for-4 performance from downtown in a n easy 95-57 win...played only nine minutes in the U.S. Select Team's game vs. the U.S. Olympic Team (9/2) due to a bruised knee suffered in practice...had one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    (1999-2000) Junior
    Started a school-record 37 games at point guard, averaging 32.8 minutes...ranked second in Big 12 overall statistics in assists (6.6) and steals (2.7) and 13th in blocked shots (1.0)...ranked among the league's best in conference statistics in scoring (11.4), assists (7.06) and steals (2.62)...averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists in four NCAA Tournament games...was 8-of-16 from behind the arc in NCAA Tournament action...of his 15 treys this season, eight came in postseason play, including a career-high three vs. Michigan State...scored 18 points vs. the Spartans...was one rebound shy of his second triple-double of the season vs. UCLA, tallying 14 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds...hit back-to-back three-pointers in the second half vs. Auburn, finishing with 12 points and seven assists...scored a career-high 26 points vs. Central Connecticut State, canning 10-of-13 field goals and dishing out six assists in 40 minutes...earned all-Big 12 Tournament honors after averaging 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 4.0 steals...tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds in Big 12 Tournament victory over Oklahoma State (3/11)...dished out eight assists in tourney win over Baylor (3/10)...scored in double figures in 14 of 16 Big 12 games...had eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists in conference regular-season finale at Baylor (3/4)...recorded 12 points, eight assists and five steals vs. Oklahoma State (2/26)...had 12 points, nine assists and four steals vs. Texas (2/22)...tallied 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds at Colorado (2/19)...had two steals with lay-ins in the last 2:40 of the Kansas (2/16) game, helping the Cyclones tie the game at 59-59 with 1:43 remaining...tallied 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds at Missouri (2/9)...had 12 points and eight rebounds vs. Kansas (1/29)...had 13 points and four steals vs. Texas A&M (1/26)...scored 17 points in 45 minutes at Oklahoma (1/22)...tallied 11 of his 13 points vs. Kansas State (1/19) in the second half, including a three-pointer...scored seven of his 13 points vs. Colorado (1/16) at the line...recorded the Big 12's first-ever triple-double in conference play...had 12 points, 11 assists and a then-career-high 11 rebounds vs. Missouri (1/8)...dished out a career-high 13 assists vs. Arkansas State with two turnovers, three steals and three blocks...earned The Tribune Holiday Classic all-tournament honors...named to Cyclone Challenge all-tournament team...averaged 11.3 points and 7.7 assists during Big Island Invitational play...had eight assists vs. Cincinnati, after dishing out eight the previous night vs. Arkansas...had 244 assists, breaking Jeff Hornacek's single-season assist record of 219...also owns ISU's single-season steals mark with 98...ranks among ISU's career leaders in steals (14th), assists (15th) and blocks (16th).

    Tinsley at Mount San Jacinto Community College (1997-99) Freshman/Sophomore
    A two-time first-team all-California Community College selection and two-time Foothill Conference MVP...led Eagles to a 62-13 record and back-to-back Great Eight state tournament appearances during his two-year tenure...was named 1999 California Community College tri-player of the year after averaging 21.6 points, 9.8 assists, 4.5 steals and 4.2 rebounds per game his sophomore campaign...shot 55 percent from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc and connected on 201-of-287 free throws (70.0 percent)...led Mount San Jacinto Community College, which averaged 98 points per game, to a 32-6 record and a 1999 state championship game appearance...earned 1999 state all-tournament honors...scored a game-high 31 points in loss to Cerritos College in state title game...the California Community College Athletic Association has 93 teams, which are broken into a 64-team playoff with South and North divisions...scored a career-high 46 points vs. College of Sequoias...Mount San Jacinto posted a 30-7 record and a 1998 final eight appearance his freshman campaign...led the state in both assists (9.2 apg) and steals (4.1 spg) as a freshman...owns several school records, including steals in a game (13), assists in a game (20) and the most defensive touches in a game (29)...also owns school season mark for steals (171)...also set school record with 525 defensive touches in a season...coached by John Chambers...also recruited by UNLV, Texas Christian and Clemson.

    High School
    Did not play basketball for Tilden High School, but played on Brooklyn U.S.A. AAU team that featured North Carolina's Ed Cota, former Colorado standout Jacquay Walls and Syracuse's Allen Griffin...Brooklyn U.S.A. won the 1996 Nike Invitational, an AAU tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Born Feb. 28, 1978...full name is Jamaal Tinsley...son of James Henry and Leatrick Smith...sociology pronounced Ja-MALL TINS-lee...Tinsley grew up playing basketball in the Rucker League in New York City, a playground haven that produced such stars as Connie Hawkins, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Ed "Booger" Smith, Stephon Marbury and Earl "The Goat" Manigault...was nicknamed "The Abuser" for his playground exploits while playing at Rucker... had a bit part in the movie Soul To The Hole, a 1997 documentary on life in the Rucker League in New York City...was also featured in TNT's 2000 motion picture On Hallowed Ground, another film based on the famed Rucker Summer League Tournament.

    1999-00 37 37 2 145 384 .378 15 62 .242 102 151 30 159 189 5.1 106 2 407 11.0 244 156 37 98 1212

    Tinsley's Career Highs

    Field Goals: 10, vs. Central Connecticut State (3-16-00)
    Field Goal Attempts: 18, vs. Kansas (1-29-00)
    Three-Point Field Goals: 3, vs. Michigan State (3-25-00)
    Three-Point Field Goal Attempts: 8, vs. Michigan State (3-25-00)
    Free Throws: 7, twice
    Free Throw Attempts: 12, vs. Colorado (1-16-00)
    Offensive Rebounds: 4, vs. Kansas (1-29-00)
    Defensive Rebounds: 11, vs. Oklahoma State (3-11-00)
    Rebounds: 12, vs. Oklahoma State (3-11-00)
    Personal Fouls: 5, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12-22-99)
    Total Points: 26, vs. Central Connecticut State (3-16-00)
    Assists: 13, vs. Arkansas State (1-2-00)
    Turnovers: 8, twice
    Blocked Shots: 4, twice
    Steals: 6, vs. Idaho State (12-21-99)
    Minutes: 45, at Oklahoma (1-22-00)

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