According to several Bama websites, Demetrius Jemison verbally committed to Alabama Wednesday evening. The power forward from Huffman High School in Birmingham, AL is expected to sign when the early signing period opens up in mid-April. Jemison joins Mikhail Torrance, Verice Cloyd, Justin Tubbs & Avery Jukes in forming Bama's 2006 recruiting class. All 5 rank as 3-star players in the Rivals.com basketball recruiting database. It is expected that Jemison finalizes the class, though Bama would technically have 1 more scholarship to give in this class at this point and 2 if Jermareo Davidson opts to jump to the NBA. Considering Bama's 2 early commitments in the class of 2007 and the lack of upperclassmen leaving and/or graduating following the 2006-2007 season, there would have to be attrition in order for the Tide to sign another player in the late period in 2006 and still accommodate the early commitments for the 2007 class. Considering Bama's interest in and offer to Rico Pickett of Decatur High School as a 3rd signee in the 2007 class, it seems clear that Bama is done for 2006.
As mentioned here previously, I believe Jemison offers the Tide a solid player that will be capable of contributing day 1. He has very good physical strength with a muscular 225 pound build and he is a quick leaper. He has solid touch from 15 feet in and can run the floor very well. Most importantly, Jemison is a gamer, plays VERY hard, and has a nose for the basketball. He is mentioned as a combo 3/4 man, but I believe he will be primarily a contributor in the post. He is a solid pickup for the Tide and will be a solid player to compliment Richard Hendrix, Yamene Coleman & Avery Jukes in the post for the Tide in the years to come.