Count Damien High School junior basketball standout Jeremy Hemsley as one of those wanting to get the distraction of a college decision out of the way early.
The 6-foot-3 guard has made a verbal commitment to San Diego State, announcing that via Twitter early Thursday.
He averaged 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Spartans, Sierra League runners-up to Chino Hills. He stepped up when it mattered most with a season high of 37 points against both Mayfair and Temecula Great Oak, teams that made extended playoff runs. He also had 33 points against Chino Hills.
“I want to be able to focus on my senior season,” Hemsley said. “That’s a place I’ll be able to play my game and I think I’ll fit in well there.”
Hemsley has not officially visited the school but plans to do so soon. He has been to games at the school and had lengthy talks with the coaching staff.
The only official visit he made was to University of Washington. Colorado and Arizona State were among the others he was considering.
Hemsley was Co-Player of the Year in the Sierra League along with Chino Hills sophomore Lonzo Ball. He was also a first-team All-CIF and first-team All-Inland Valley selection.
The Aztecs are coming off a 31-5 season under coach Steve Fisher, Their season ended with a 70-64 loss to Arizona in the Sweet 16.