Overcoming Adversity : Demetrius Jones

High School
North Carolina

Posted On: 06/4/17 7:44 PM

One thing that I have learned over the years is that every player has their own path to travel, some have an easier path than others but the path that a person travels is just a part of the wonderful journey of life. Which brings us to Fayetteville Academy Graduate Demetrius Jones who just finished up his high school career on the court and in the classroom. He graduated with a 3.7 GPA and recently verbally committed to Pfeiffer University in Charlotte to continue his education and play basketball, but the road was far from easy.

Jones Journey in high school began at 71st HS, a school that is well known in the Fayetteville, NC area as having a high amount of basketball talent on a regular basis. They are a program that makes the State Tournament consistently and has been a regular in the Regionals Semi-Finals for the past few years. However Jones was not given the full opportunity to showcase his abilities, he hasn’t hit his full growth spurt yet and sometimes high school coaches truly overlook talent which was exactly what happened to Jones. The summer prior to his junior season he transferred in to Fayetteville Academy and got right to work, in one of his first games against Freedom Christian he went for 16 Points and helped his squad greatly throughout the season.

In his senior season he would have some up and downs but would be a very productive player for Fayetteville Academy as they would go on to win a high amount of games and advance to the Conference Tournament Championship. He saved probably his best performance of the season for the championship game where he would go for 18 Points in a blowout win over the #2 seed team. Once the season was completed he began the recruitment process, he was very under recruited for his talent level but once again he overcame adversity. At the East NC Fab 40 Camp he put together an outstanding performance and would turn the heads of multiple college coaches and would eventually commit to Pfeiffer University. We know that he is going to move on and do great things at the college level, not only because of his talent but so much he has overcome.