The class of 2006 is loaded with prospects who have a legitimate chance at being first round draft choices in the 2006 NBA draft. Damion James, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound small forward from Nocogdoches (Texas) High School, is one of those prospect. The No. 5 ranked player in the class of 2006 has plenty of schools seeking his services, but James is looking past them as he prepares for his jump to the NBA according to his AAU coach Mitch Malone.
"The schools showing the most interest are Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma and Arizona among others,” said Coach Malone of the Texas Blue Chips AAU club. “Damion is not thinking about college right now. His preference would be to go straight to the NBA.
"If it becomes a situation where that is not possible, then he will worry about college in 2006. Until then, he's not really paying much attention to the college climate. He's focused on what he needs to do to get ready for the NBA."
Best in transition, James, who is averaging 23 points per game this season, can both lead a fastbreak and finish a break. He both sees the floor well as a ball handler and is tough on the glass as a rebounder. James contains the complete package as a player. It is just a matter of how quickly James matures as a player.
“Damion is in good shape, he just needs to mature as a ball player,” said Malone. “He has all the tools he just needs to continue to work hard and get better. He needs to continue to work on his ball handling and his outside shooting to be effective at the NBA level, and that's what we’ve been addressing."
Strong in the classroom as well, James carries a 3.0 GPA.