Jemison Feels In-State Allegiance

Demetrius Jemison was one of the best remaining forwards on the board. All that ended Wednesday night when the Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman standout settled in on a decision.

The Alabama Crimson Tide is tough to beat when they make a move on an in-state player. Demetrius Jemison, Huffman's 6-foot-6 combo forward, pledged his allegiance Wednesday night.

"I talked to Coach Gottfried today and I told him I wanted to be a part of the team," Jemison said. "He was very happy about it. I wanted to get it over so I can enjoy the rest of my senior year. I want to be a part of the program."

Jemison was one of the highest-rated forwards available on a national basis. A guy who plays with a lot of energy and savvy, Jemison expects to have a chance to man both forward slots at some juncture during his time in Tuscaloosa.

"I'll be playing some 3 and 4," Jemison said. "I'll be able to cause some match up problems. I can do some things on the wing and post up while doing some perimeter type things."

Jemison indicated that the Alabama staff told him he'd have ample chances to come in and earn playing time through working hard. In the end, the decision was a family one for the forward.

"I chose Alabama because it was closer to home and my mom and family can come see me; it's a 45 minute drive from Birmingham. You can't beat Alabama and me being a hometown kid, we've got the opportunity to do something special in the state this upcoming year.

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