Jamal went to Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga where he graduated in 2008. Throughout his high school career he received many accolades among helping his 16U team win the AAU Jr. Olympics National Championship. In 2008, Jamal was the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Northwest Player of the Year. He also snagged the Marietta Daily Journal Player of the Year honors and was First Team All-State. After his senior season he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 50th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.
Concluding his freshmen season at University of Alabama at Birmingham, he was named to the Conference USA All-Freshmen team where he was the second leading hitter in conference play with a .337 average while leading the conference with 28 stolen bases ranking 28th in steals nationally.
In 2010, Jamal lead UAB in hits (76), triples (3) and ranked third on the team in doubles (13). He was ranked the 57th toughest player in NCAA Division 1 to strike out --with just 15 strikeouts in 209 at bats. Jamal spent his 2010 summer playing in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate league where he played for the Lima Locos where he was named to the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate league All-Star team.
Jamal made his minor league debut in 2011 when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round. In his rookie season with Rookie-Level Pulaski he earned APPY League All-Star honors. Jamal spent time in Rookie, A, Adv-A, AA and also appeared in a Big League Seattle Mariners Spring Training Game in 2013.