2006 Focus: Demetrius Jemison

Demetrius Jemison has the unenviable task of having to play "sidekick" to his teammate, Stanley Robinson. However, the 6-6 1/2 junior forward never complains about the lack of publicity - he just goes out and does his job.

Demetrius Jemison could care less about being called an undersized power forward.

``People always underestimate me because of my size," said the 6-6 ½, 225-pound Huffman High (Ala.) junior. "But I always play hard."

``My size has nothing to do with anything," he added. "I've got the body to bang with anybody. They think I'm too small, but they don't know I can go outside, too. People don't believe at my size, I can handle the ball. But I can."

``A lot of college are looking at him as an undersized power forward, but he's starting to fill out more and he should grow another inch or two," Huffman coach Tyron Belcher said.

Despite playing alongside more-publicized Stanley Robinson in high school and during the summer, Jemison is usually the one who leads the team in both scoring and rebounding. Jemison is putting up a team-high 18.5 points and 9 boards as a junior.

``To me, with his back to the basket, he's the best post player in the state other than Richard Hendrix," added Belcher. "He has a nice touch and that's one area that's really improved since his freshman year. He's been consistent in knocking down the 15-footer."

``He's the heart and soul of our team," said Birmingham Raptors GM Keith Mims. "He comes to work every night. His game may not be as flashy as Stanley's, but it's solid. He's a back-to-the-basket post player and a lot of people overlook him because of his size."

``He's been our go-to guy since the seventh grade," added Birmingham Raptors teammate Cordell Pope. "We get him the ball and he scores and keeps us in the game. He can handle his own."

That was clear when he put up 26 points and 16 boards against highly ranked junior Curtis Kelly last spring.

Jemison, who still needs to work on his perimeter skills to make the transition to the small forward spot, admits he doesn't need to go in to college and be a starter right away, but he'd like to get his feet wet and get some playing time in his first season. He mentioned Tennessee, UAB, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Stanford and Auburn while Belcher added Georgetown, St. Bonaventure, Texas and Nebraska to that group.


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