CoachSpeak: Jackson on Demetrius Houston

Carver (AL) High School head basketball coach James Jackson talks about Mississippi State basketball signee Demetrius Houston.

  • Name: Demetrius Houston
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Carver (AL) High School
  • Position: Forward
  • HT: 6-foot-7, 200
  • Ranking: 3-Star
  • Schools Of Interest: Signed with Mississippi State.

  • Last season was Houston's first season with Carver High School. And he basically filled a role on the team. The primary scorer for Carver was then senior Jeremy Johnson, who signed with Auburn. This year it's Houston's team.

    "It is his team this year, he's inherited it," said Carver High School head coach James Jackson. "We had Jeremy Johnson last year, a guy who had been with us for several years. Demetrius came in last year and I feel did an excellent job of accepting the role that he kind of fell into. Now, he's had to step it up, score more, and become the leader of this team. And he's really embraced that and has the guys following him. He's done some wonderful things for this team."

    Jackson compares him to two of his former players, both of whom are now playing at Mississippi State - Roquez Johnson and Craig Sword.

    "He's a mixture of what Quez (Roquez Johnson) and Chicken (Craig Sword), are," said Jackson. "He gives you a little of both. He can step out on the floor and make strong moves, has a nice short range jump shot, and he can definitely get to the basket because he's very explosive."

    Jackson also likes Houston's defense and overall effort.

    "He can defend and he plays exceptionally hard," said Jackson. "We have to take him out sometimes because he goes so hard. We want him to keep some of that energy so that we can have him for most of the game."

    Although Houston has a lot of great attributes, the one thing that you almost immediately notice when you see him for the first time is his athleticism, especially his leaping ability.

    "Oh wow, he can climb," said Jackson. "We have never had someone who can jump as high as he can, and we've had a lot of great jumpers here. Craig (Sword) can jump great but it's like Demetrius has been shot out of a rocket. He's so explosive."

    According to Jackson, Houston's athleticism allows him to match up well with players of all sizes.

    "If someone comes in with a 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-7 swing man, he can go with the best of them," said Jackson. "He can post against the smaller guys and he can step out and defend the bigger guards. He gives you something that I believe every college team needs."

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