Player Profile: James Demery

Today, for the third consecutive year, Hawk Hill Hardwood is helping you gear up for the men’s basketball season by bringing you our Player Profile series. With the season now less than a month away, we will be bringing you daily profiles on the 2014-2015 Hawks, with insight from St. Joe’s assistant coach Dave Duda. Today, we kick things off with freshman wing James Demery.

When James Demery made his college choice last fall, it garnered significant national media attention. Demery, then a 6’5 senior at Northside Christian (NC) selected the Hawks over the likes of Tennessee, Creighton, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Miami. Demery knew when he signed with St. Joe’s that he would have an opportunity to play early and often. He will have exactly that.

As a senior at Northside Christian, Demery averaged roughly 18 points and 5 rebounds per game, playing a national schedule, and finishing the season nationally ranked. In fact, Northside Christian lost only two games last year, to national powerhouses Montverde Academy (FL) and Oak Hill Academy (VA).

So far, what is assistant coach Dave Duda seeing out of Demery, who should start at the wing alongside 1st-Team Preseason selection DeAndre Bembry? “He has been great in the open court, and defensively, as expected,” Coach Duda began. “James should develop into a high-level defender. He and DeAnde should form a very good defensive wing pair.”

Sophomore DeAndre Bembry came to Hawk Hil with similar hype, and similar expectations, a year ago. He far surpassed them, putting together one of the better freshman seasons in recent memory, and earning Co-Rookie of the Year honors in the Atlantic 10. He will now be joined on the wing by Demery, with the two bringing explosive athleticism and a defensive mindset to the court.

The biggest area of improvement for Demery, as everyone who reads this site and follows recruiting knows, is his jumpshot, and Coach Duda reiterated that. “He needs to tweak the jumpshot,” Duda said. “And that will happen in time.”

When St. Joe’s kicks off the 2014-2015 season on November 14th at home against Fairleigh Dickinson, it should come as a surprise to none when freshman James Demery is starting at the wing alongside fellow backcourt mates Chris Wilson and DeAndre Bembry. His quickness, athleticism, and creativity in the open court should make him an impact starter on Hawk Hill, and one that St. Joe’s fans get to know, and like, early. Our Player Profile series will roll on tomorrow with freshman point guard Shavar Newkirk.

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