5A-6A All-Metro Boys Basketball Player of the Year -- Demetrius Houston: 6-foot-7 senior forward | G.W. Carver

5A-6A All-Metro Boys Basketball Player of the Year -- Demetrius Houston: 6-foot-7 senior forward | G.W. Carver


5A-6A All-Metro Boys Basketball Player of the Year -- Demetrius Houston: 6-foot-7 senior forward | G.W. Carver


■ Averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines, who were 24-4 under coach James “J.J.” Jackson.

■ Class 6A first-team All-State, marking the fifth straight year Carver has had an All-State player.

■ Mississippi State signee, where he’ll join Carver alumns Craig “Chicken” Sword and Roquez Johnson.

■ Fifth straight player from Carver to win 5A-6A boys All-Metro player of the year, joining Sword (2010-12) and Jeremy Johnson (2013).

■ Was the most valuable player in the 6A Central Regional, helping Carver reach the state semifinals for a fifth straight year.

■ Scored a season-high 24 points twice.

■ Played two seasons for the Wolverines after transferring from Central-Tuscaloosa.

Happy with season?

“It was a pretty good year. It didn’t end how we wanted it to end, overall, but it was pretty good.”

Next few months?

“First, I have to finish up in the classroom. I have a lot of makeup work to do. I have to get in the gym, get bigger and stronger, and prepare myself for college.”

Excited about MSU?

“I’m pretty excited. It will be a big change in my life. I’m getting ready for the real world, I say, but I think I’m ready for it.”

College major?

“I was thinking physical therapy, but I don’t know if I’ll keep it. I’m still deciding, but it most likely will be physical therapy. It won’t be long before I’ll be up there. My mom is ready for me to get out of the house.”

How quickly will Chick dunk on you?

“It will probably happen sooner than later, but eventually I’ll get him back. I’ll have to take my time with Roquez. I’m not going to stop until I get them.”

Favorite subject?

“Math. I like money. I like to count money.”

Carver teacher Sharon Cargill?

“Miss Cargill is a good teacher. She has high expectations for all of her students. She wants you to succeed and she wants the best out of you. She’s going to make you work for everything you get.

“She stays on us basketball players pretty tough. Without Miss Cargill, a lot of us wouldn’t be headed to these colleges. She tutors us and makes sure we get our grades. We have to thank her a lot.”

Biggest laugh this year?

“The funniest thing that probably happened was to Caleb Provitt. He was on a fast break against Lanier and he missed the dunk. Coach Jackson got heated. Coach Jackson doesn’t like it when you miss a dunk. He prefers a layup, but Caleb wanted to try it and missed it. Coach Jackson was upset.

“We laughed at him for a day or two about it. I told him to just get the two points. Those two points could come back to haunt you. I also told him he needed to explode a little bit more instead of just jumping. If you want to dunk, you have to jump as high as you can, like I do.”

Food feast?

“Chicken tenders with honey mustard sauce. That’s my favorite. I don’t really have a limit. I eat until I just stop chewing.”

SportsCenter moment?

“I love SportsCenter. That’s all I watch. I basically watch highlights of all the college games. I know, in a couple of months, I’ll be playing against some of those players or playing in those environments. I want to see how it is.”

MSU right now?

“I talk to them every day. I talk to a couple of the players. They’re having a bad season so far, but they don’t have a full roster. Still, no excuses. We’re looking to make things better next year and try to make the Top 25. We want to get Mississippi State how it’s supposed to be.”


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