After spending a season in the division-I ranks at North Carolina A&T, former Empire High School 2015 graduate, 6-foot-8, 220-pound transfer forward Deion James recently decided to end his career at the program and transfer schools.
After mulling over many options for the fall, James recently decided to sign a national letter of intent with Pima Junior College and head coach Brian Peabody.
James played sparingly at North Carolina A&T last season, but will look to pick up his career this fall at Pima, where he will look to rank among the top overall prospects in the ACCAC conference next season.
In the final season of his high school career, James produced a great deal - averaging 21.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per/contest. In his junior season, James poured in very strong numbers as well - averaging 21.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per/game. James also came off a solid spring and summer, where he gained valuable experience against stiff competition on the club circuit.
James chose North Carolina A & T over strong recruiting interest from such college programs as Weber State, American University, Tulsa, San Diego, San Jose State, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Texas-San Antonio, Grand Canyon, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Cal State Fullerton, Denver and Southern Utah.
James was a full academic qualifier in high school.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: James is an attractive looking prospect, as a result of his nice size and skill level. While still developing a great deal, James emerged early in the state as a freshman, and then has continued his progress as a player throughout his high school career. 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. He needs to embrace the four position much more in his play rather than fade to the wing. As he continues to play stronger in the low post, he will open up his overall game as a player.