Pima Junior College 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Deion James has improved a great deal over the past year, after heading the division-I route after high school. After a year in the division-I ranks, James developed a great deal as a player and saw his game progress nicely. As a result, James is now among the elite leaders in the conference's ACCAC, and has become one of the top juco prospects in the West.
This season James is currently averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds per/contest - leading the conference in points and ranking third in rebounds in the ACCAC. James has also led his Pima team to an excellent start in the conference, and at 4-1 currently, the Aztecs are tied for first place in the conference.
James spent last season at North Carolina A&T, and played sparingly as a freshman. This season, James has matured a great deal physically and is now much stronger and plays with much more of a purpose as a player.
James has really developed nicely since leaving the high school ranks, as he has added some size and has a much better overall motor now, which allows him to make plays at a high rate. James is an attractive looking prospect, as a result of his nice size and skill level. This young man has excellent potential for the future, as he continues to mature physically and mentally. He is just beginning to realize how good he can become. Still very young, James is a talented and skilled 3/4 prospect that has very good size and a nice overall skill level.
James plays similar to that of a young Boris Diaw (NBA - Utah Jazz), as he is a big forward prospect that loves to pass the basketball to the open man on the floor. He is the best passing forward in the conference this junior college season.
James is a nice success story already, as he has utilized the junior college ranks to now improve his recruiting profile to college programs. As a result, I look for James to become the top recruited sophomore prospect in the conference this season. While it is still very early in the recruiting process for James this season, college coaches should soon begin pouring in for this talented juco prospect.