2006 prospect Damien James is tearing it up this season for Nacogdoches (TX) High School. The 6-foot-8, 190-pound combo guard can play any position on the court and has a slew of high majors that would take him right now according to his coach.
“Damien is a player,” said his coach Mark Richardson. “I’ve been coaching for 20 years and have been fortunate enough to have coached a lot of D1 players but have never seen one like Damien”
Almost averaging a triple double, James has per game averages of 24 points, 19 rebounds, 9 assists, and 6 blocks for his 20-8 team. In the summer he plays for the Texas Bluechips program.
Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Florida State, Arizona State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State are all after the versatile play maker.
When asked which schools had offered the sophomore, Coach Richardson had this answer.
“All of these coaches would take him right now,” he said.
Coach Richardson also had these comments about James, the No. 36 player in the Rivals50 for the class of 2006.
"He can play any position on the floor,” he said. "He handles the ball well, has consistant 3 point range, and can pull up off the dribble. He knows the game of basketball. He knows when to get his own shot or when to get his teammates involved. He knows how to work well off of screens. Damien is a smart ball player for someone 15 years old. I think his biggest weakness is his post play. He needs some work on his footwork. He's been used to playing the perimeter his whole life."
Look for James’ ranking to rise in the updated ranking for the class of 2006.