Hemsley’s decision may have shocked some, but it was the Aztecs coaching staff that made the difference in the end.
“I think it’s a great fit for him,” Verne head coach Matt Dunn said to Rivals.com. “It’s in a location where family and friends can watch him play and he feels he fits strongly with their type of player and how they would utilize him. Academically and athletically, I think he couldn’t have found a better fit. SDSU is the best spot for him. He can come in and compete and play right away if he has a good senior year and continues to get better. The thing I’ve noticed about San Diego State is that their players get better. They do a great job making their players get better and giving them a good opportunity to move on professionally after college.”
Hemsley’s commitment gives the Aztecs a weapon that they can use at either guard position, and the 6-foot-3, 170-pound player’s role should continue to develop as his college career goes on. His head coach thinks that he can guard one-through-three on the defensive end, and that the Aztecs would do well not to pigeonhole Hemsley to a certain position.
He is a guard who has the knack for hitting game winning shots, and so that should be a fun subplot to keep in mind when evaluating the young player’s decision making. The Aztecs seem to have found some more gold.