Demetrius Jemison is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Birmingham, Alabama that just completed his first season with the Fraport Skyliners PRO B team. He played at Alabama from 2006-2010 playing a total of 93 NCAA games. He had a serious injury his senior year and transferred to Manhatten in 2010 playing 22 games: 10.4ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 76.1%. Currently for Frankfurt he is averaging 16,8ppg and 9,0 rpg. He spoke to German Hoops about his season in Frankfurt.
Congrats on the 95-75 win against Alba Berlin 2 to keep the Fraport Skyliners juniors in the PRO B. How good of a feeling was that?
It feels great to be able to stay in the Pro B league and to get such a big win over ALBA .
You have played in many big NCAA games in your career. Did you feel a lot of pressure before the game being that you are one of the go too guys?
I didn’t feel any pressure before the game but I knew it was very important for us to get the win.
This was the biggest game of your professional career. Even though the 235 people in attendance wasn´t the same kind of atmosphere like 12,000 at an NCAA game, how were you effected by the positive atmosphere in game 3?
The fans provided us with alot of energy. The way they cheered us on made us want to win even more.
At halftime the game was tied at 40-40. What did Klaus Mewes tell the team to do better in the second half?
Coach Klaus told us to to play better defense and to move the ball mre on offense.
Something he said must of worked since the team came out flying having a 29-9 third quarter. What was key in the third quarter for getting the big lead?
We got such a big lead because we really focused on getting stops on defense and taking great shots on offense.
Was a big reason for the win that the Skyliners were able to contain the Berlin role players while allowing only Joey Ney and Lucca Staiger to have big games while the Skyliners had 5 players in double figures?
Yes, in game 2 of the series we allowed too many guys to make big plays throughout the game. In game 3 we really wanted to keep ALBA from shooting so many threes and not allow their role players to score and effect the game the way they did in game 2.
What was your play of the game that you will remember for a long time from this game?
The play I will remember is when I jumped over one of ALBA’s players for a dunk. After the dunk the crowed was cheering and my teammates seemed very motivated to win.
How has American Larry Wright improved the most this season and what will you always remember from him on the floor and in general?
Larry’s shooting improved throughout the year. he could already shoot t he ball well but towards the end of the season he started shooting lights out from the three point line he went 6/8 from the three point line against ALBA. He just taught me to always believe the ball is going in every time I shoot the ball. I’m happy I was able to play along side Larry this season.
In the short time where you could practice with German national player Tim Ohlbrecht, what things were you able to pick up from his game for your game?
Tim Ohlberechtn taught me to always play big and to finish high on my shots in the paint. Tim is a great player and I’m happy I had the chance to play with him.
You averaged 15,4ppg, and 8,1rpg and 1,4apg in 24 games this season. How happy were you with your season?
I had a really solid season I didn’t realize I shot 60% percent from the floor. I’m happy with the season I had but this summer I’m looking to get better and have an even better season next year.
Where do you see your future? Will you return to Frankfurt or try to land on a team at a higher level?
I’m very thankful for the Skyliners allowing me to start my career in Frankfurt. However, I see myself playing in first league next season. I feel I have skills and the abilty to play at the first league level. So this summer I’m really trying to get an opportunity on a first division team.
What are your summer plans? On what things will you be working on this summer to improve your game?
My plans for the summer is to get bigger, stronger, and more comfortable shooting three pointers so that I can stretch defenses. I really want to take my game to another level this summer so I’m going to work very hard to improve my game.
What was the last DVD that you saw?
The last DVD I saw was The Sitter
Thanks Demetrius for the chat.