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Volume 71, Issue 143, Thursday, June 15, 2006

Sports

'Flex' kicks out the jams on the court

Cougar forward Jahmar Thorpe has eyes set on cracking the top 10 
in the 2006-07 season 

by CHRIS ELLIOTT
The Daily Cougar

One of the most noticeable differences in Houston's basketball team last season was undoubtedly the addition of quickness and athleticism. A great deal of that new athleticism came from senior transfer Jahmar "Dunk Master Flex" Thorpe. 

In his first season as a Cougar, Dunk Master Flex earned his nickname by posterizing anyone who was stupid enough to stand under the goal once he had a head of steam.

The 6-6 forward grew up playing ball in Morristown, N.J. Even though the styles between regions may vary in basketball, he said there is only one object in the game.



Senior forward Jahmar "Dunk Master Flex" Thorpe said he idolized Michael Jordan while growing up in New Jersey. He averaged just under 10 points per game in his first season as a Cougar.
Cougar file photo

"People up north are a little more flashy," Thorpe said. "But basketball is basketball. People are going to win and lose, it doesn't matter who you are playing against."

Thorpe may not fit the flashy northern style of play, but there's no need to be flashy when you can dunk on everyone on the court and their mommas. There have been many posterization victims in Dunk Master Flex's trips to the paint -- in fact, there are so many he cannot recall a favorite jam session in his career.

"I don't know. I really don't have any favorites," Thorpe said. "They're all good. It's funny to watch them on film and laugh about them later and that kind of stuff, but I really don't have any favorites."

When not playing basketball, Thorpe can be found doing the same kind of stuff he did while at home in Morristown.

"I'm sleeping. Eating. Watching TV. You know, the simple things in life. Kicking my feet up," Thorpe said.

All most any Houston dorm or home can accommodate Thorpe's leisure activities, which is why he has had no problems with the change in cities. He actually has become very fond of the Bayou City.

"I like it a lot. Normally when people leave home they're upset, but when I left home, I was like, ‘Hey, I'm going to Houston,'" Thorpe said. "It's still fun. I still got my teammates and friends out here. It's like my second home now."

Starting at both forward positions for Houston last season, Thorpe had the chance to be part of one most successful UH basketball teams in a decade. In what could be his last season as a Cougar, he expects next season to produce even more.

"Cracking the top 25 would probably be the highlight of last season," Thorpe said. "We got a lot more work to do, and we're trying to crack the top 10 this year. We're never satisfied. Next year we're looking forward to be one of the top 10 teams in the country."

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