Player: Keimari Artis
Height/Weight: 6’0/156 pounds
High School: Lakeland High School, Suffolk VA
Travel Team Club Name: Suffolk United
Keimari’s father, Keith Artis was a high scoring shooting guard who helped lead Nansemond River High School to the 2002 Southeastern District title ranking them among the top teams in the state. He earned All Southeastern District and All Tidewater honors as a result. Ironically the assistant coach on that team was Keimari’s current head coach at Lakeland HS, Coach Clint Wright, Sr.
High School Coach Evaluation:
Kiemari comes to Lakeland High school as a physical shooting guard and creative small forward. He has the capacity to play in the paint and defend taller players. His unique ball handling skills allows him to create his own shot at all three levels. He’s paying closer attention to his defensive positioning on the perimeter to make it difficult for smaller guards to turn the corner. He has noticeably gotten stronger over the summer with persistent attendance in the weight room and conditioning. Most notable Kiemari will be called upon as a leader this season and those to come. Kiemari best basketball is ahead of him. He will be pivotal to the success of the basketball program at Lakeland High School. – Coach Clint Wright, Sr, Head Coach – Lakeland High School Basketball. Coach Wright was a high school basketball star at John Yeates HS in Suffolk VA. He played collegiately at Norfolk State University where he led the Spartans to the 1991 CIAA Championship. He was also an assistant coach on the 2009 VHSL State Champion Kings Fork High School team.
Coach Frank says:
Keimari is a fundamentally solid shooter with very good shot mechanics, a quick release and the ability to also beat his defender and get to the basket. He’s an athletic and shifty guard who has a great feel for the game and knows how to get separation to get his shot off. Not only a threat to hit the three point basket, Keimari can hit the one and two dribble pull-up with good consistency. He makes great cuts and catches the ball shot ready, really has very good skills from his footwork prior to catching the ball to his smooth release. He has good vision and keeps the ball moving if his shot is not there, finds the open man. He handles the ball well and can capably play and defend multiple positions. Keimari is a scrappy, high IQ defender, competes on both ends. While he can fill it up from beyond the arc he is an unselfish player who plays within the system but can get his own shot off the bounce and create scoring opportunities for himself and teammates. Keimari is an exciting prospect in the 2020 class and one to watch going forward.