Jemison Waiting Until After Season

Birmingham Huffman senior Demetrius Jemison is still available. The power forward says he'll deal with recruiting after he chases down a state title dream.

At this point in the season, college basketball teams are concentrating on closing their seasons strong and the same can be said for the players. In this case, 6-foot-6 Birmingham Huffman power forward Demetrius Jemison has title hopes that superceed any recruiting issues.

"Right now, we're in the final four for my high school and I'm trying to win the state championship before getting into the recruiting process again," Jemison told

The early period wasn't for Jemison as he worked to get a handle on his academics and now his GPA and standardized test score are now in order. Like many kids in the spring, when the time comes, Jemison will have to decide on the mid-major versus major college route.

"It's been a lot of (mid-majors) like the Western Kentucky and the Missouri State's. I kind of want to go to a high-major and continue to get better. I'd probably end up going that route over a mid-major."

Jemison visited Tennessee Tech early and has 4 trips remaining. Baylor, Texas A&M, Purdue, Virginia, Alabama, Auburn and Nebraska are among his suitors. Jemison isn't completely sure who has stepped up and offered.

As for future position, Jemison hears from colleges that he can play both forward slots. "Some are recruiting me as a combo forward, a little bit of three and four. The majority are recruiting me like a combo."

Seeing the court as soon as possible is a recruiting goal of his. "It's got to be somewhere where I can go and get some minutes early – I want to contribute, rebound and score the ball," Jemison said. "I want to get better and develop and I'd like to continue to compete for a national championship every year."

For now, it's time to win a title and the rest will take care of itself. "I've been trying to hold everybody off until after I get done with my team."

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