Demery trims list

North Carolina wing James Demery was one of April's breakout performers on the travel circuit thanks to his play at the Pitt Jam Fest. That strong play continued through July and the NBPA camp. On Sunday evening, Demery spoke with Hawk Hill Hardwood about his game and the state of his recruitment, as he has his list down to five.

James Demery, a 6'4 wing guard from Northside Christian Academy (NC), ran with Team Charlotte this summer on the travel circuit. Demery impressed at the Pitt Jam Fest, the NBPA camp, and Peach State during April and July's live periods. Sunday night, he spoke with Hawk Hill Hardwood about a number of topics, beginning with his strengths and weaknesses on the court.

"If you're seeing me for the very first time, I think the first thing you'd notice is my energy on defense," Demery began. "I can guard the one through the three, even the four."

He went on, this time about the other side of the ball. "I can get to the bucket," he continued. "I have great athleticism and am a slasher. What I'm working on is a more consistent jumper, and it's getting better."

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Demery had trimmed his list to six. On Sunday, he explained that it was actually down to five, as he dropped Tennessee from his list. "I'm down to St. Joe's, Miami, Virginia Tech, Creighton, and Georgia Tech," he stated.

All five schools are in the same boat, according to Demery, in that they've been active and aggressive in his recruitment. "They all have great coaches," he said about his five finalists, "and they all talk to me pretty much every day."

Demery explained that he had plans to visit all five schools, and there were a few things he was looking for on his visits. "I want a school where I have a good relationship with the coaches and players," he said. "I want to see all of the campuses, then just find the school that's the best fit for me."

St. Joe's, Miami, Virginia Tech, Creighton, and Georgia Tech all made the final cut for the athletic wing from Charlotte. The next step for him is to take his visits and find the best fit. Whatever school lands the North Carolina native is getting an athletic, scoring wing who takes pride in his defense. All five schools on his list could use a player like that.
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