Wes Lambert never even considered another school.
Why would he?
The Maryville High School senior committed last week to play his college basketball at nearby Maryville College. There, the hot-shooting Rebel guard will join forces with his father, Scots coach Randy Lambert, cementing a pact all but agreed to before Wes ever picked up a ball.
“It was pretty much the day I was born,” Wes said. “I was coming to Maryville College.”
A 6-foot-1 guard, Lambert averaged 12.5 points per game for a career as Rebel, hitting on better 40 percent of his career 3-pointers. Last season, the all-district and All-Blount County selection helped the Rebels capturing the school’s first state basketball championship. He did it running much the same motion offense he’ll run in college, something that can only prove a plus, Maryville High coach Mark Eldridge said.
“He’s talked basketball with his dad for 18 years,” he said, “and the system we try to run will help going from high school to college. I think with their relationship and the bond they have, he believes what his dad says. Because of the respect he has for his dad, I think it will be much easier.”
Randy Lambert, whose son eldest son, Jason, recently completed his senior season with the baseball Scots, has become one of Division III’s winningest coaches at the college. His Maryville teams have won 525 games in his 28 seasons as coach, including a school-record 24-3 mark this winter.
Wes isn’t coming to Maryville College simply because his dad’s coach, Randy said. Plain and simple, the Rebel marksman has a stroke like few others. At home, Jason and Wes are his sons, the coach said. On the court and the baseball diamond, their ball players.
Jason Lambert led the Scots with six home runs in his final campaign.
“I consider both of them my best friend,” Randy Lambert said. “We had a very unique relationship with both of them. Just as a I try to separate my relationship between them as their father, I do that (with Wes) as a coach.”