Highline's No. 1 scorer is back on the court
By Konner Hancock - Staff Reporter
His health restored, the Highline men's basketball team's No. 1 scorer and rebounder is focused on getting the T-Birds back on track.
Six-foot seven-inch wing Jamie Orme had been suffering from an MCL sprain most of this season, but he has still managed to lead the team in several categories such as points and rebounds.
Orme averages 18 points per game and 10 rebounds per game.
"I was out because of an MCL sprain in my knee but I rehabbed it and got it back to 100 percent. It feels great. I think I'll finish up strong," Orme said.
Despite Orme's efforts the T-Birds are 2-5 and sitting at sixth place in the Western Division. The team is on a two-game losing streak.
"I don't like the results we're getting this year," Orme said. "We have a tough schedule ahead of us but we're ready for it and I think we're all excited. That being said, I love the group of guys on the team and I can't wait to see what we can do together," Orme said.
The T-Birds have seven games left to move up in their division if they want to compete in the playoffs.
"I think after these last few practices coach made adjustments that's going to help us win going further. Our teams' mindset is focused on winning the next seven games we have left on the season," he said.
Orme gets his perseverance from his father, he said.
"He's been going to all of my games since I started recreational basketball in fourth grade all the way up to now. Sometimes I feel like I owe him the world. He inspires me to become the kind of father he was for me, when that part comes later in my life," he said.
"I've been playing since I was in the second grade," Orme said. "Growing up with my older brothers they would always beat me up in the sport. But the older I got, the closer our games would be, which led to my favorite part about the sport, the competitive nature in basketball."
Although Orme has been supported by his father and brothers, "there was a couple of times I thought about giving up," he said.
"Coming out of high school [I almost thought about quitting] when I couldn't accept any division 1 offers I've received because of not being an NCAA qualifier, which is the reason why Highline is my second chance," he said.
Orme came out of Seattle's O'Dea High School where he was recruited by the Highline Head Coach Che Dawson.
Orme was No. 1 scorer and rebounder at his high school.
"Jamie is very talented. He has to put consistent focus into the things he does control; his sense of urgency, work ethic and demonstrating the necessary level of self-discipline on and off the court," Dawson said.
The T-Birds next game is on Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. at South Puget Sound.