Tide Signs One

Demetrius Jemison, a 6-foot-7, 225 pound forward who helped lead Huffman High School in Birmingham to the 2006 Alabama 6A Final Four's championship game has signed a scholarship to attend and play basketball at The University of Alabama.

The spring period for signing winter and spring sports performers began Wednesday. A number of top prospects in those sports (including men's basketball) signed with Alabama in the early period last November.

Demetrius Jemison was not the top prospect in Alabama this year. In fact, he was not the top prospect at his school. That honor went to Stanley Robinson, a 6-9, 212-pound forward who surprised many by signing with Connecticut. UConn was the last school Robinson visited before signing.

Jemison had a big senior season and committed to Alabama following the state tournament.

"I'm very excited," said Alabama Head Men's Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried. "I think Demetrius is going to be a very good player here at the University of Alabama. He's a powerful player who is going to bring a level of toughness to our team. He's coming from a winning program at Huffman where winning is important. I believe he's going to fill a need for us as a player who can fill a number of positions for us around the basket and around the perimeter."

Jemison averaged 13.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game this past year, his senior season at Huffman. As a junior last season he averaged 17.9 points. He scored more than 2,000 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds during his high school career. He was a four-year starter on Huffman's varsity team.

Jemison's honors this season included all-state and Final Four All-Tournament. As a junior he was named the Birmingham City MVP.

In the early signing period Alabama added:

Verice Cloyd, 6-3, 185, guard, from Genesis One Christian School in Mendenhall, Mississippi; Avery Jukes, 6-8, 210, forward, South Gwinnett in Snellville, Georgia; Mikhail Torrance, 6-4, 185, guard, from Mary Montgomery in Semmes; Justin Tubbs, 6-2, 175, guard, from Hewitt-Trussville.

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