Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 24, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Highlassie pride

Cumby signs college letter of intent with McLennan Community College on Monday

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — The road for Athens senior Demi Cumby now has her headed to Waco and McLennan Community College.

Demi signed her letter of intent Monday morning in the athletic offices at Athens High School.

Demi said the junior college atmosphere in Waco is what made her want to take the junior college route.

“I really liked the school atmosphere and the size of the college,” Cumby said. “I really enjoyed playing with the girls and felt like I fit in good with the team.”

Her high school coach, Dee Ann Evans said having a quality athlete like Demi made things easy for her in her first year at the helm.

“It was a great honor having Demi Cumby as an athlete this year,” Evans said. “Demi is a very talented athlete. She is a dynamic, skilled basketball player. Demi works hard and is very dependable and coachable.”

McLennan assistant coach Kristy Hughes said her athletic ability is what encouraged them to sign her to the Highlassies.

“Her athletic ability was something we saw and I think she will be able to come in and really make a difference on our basketball team,” Hughes said. “We are really excited to have her on the team.”

Athens athletic director and head football coach Paul Essary said having an student athlete sign from his program is amazing to see for the community of Athens.

“It is great for Demi to continue her education at a higher learning center,” Essary said. “Less than 5-percent of athletes in the United States get to play athletics at the collegiate level. We are real proud of her and look forward to seeing her do great things.”

Cumby wrapped up her high school career averaging 23.5 ppg, 4.1 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game for the Lady Hornets.

Cumby said she understands her role will be different in college and she is ready for the challenge.

“I really am going to have to adjust but I think I will be good,” Cumby said. “I will have to get in the gym this summer and work hard so I can be ready. I don’t want to be a freshman that sits on the bench, I want to be a freshman that starts.”

Evans said she knows Cumby will do great things on the collegiate level.

“Anytime we can have an athlete move on to represent Athens High School in such a positive and great capacity we are always pleased,” Evans said. “We are honored and excited for her. We hope she continues to have great success in the future.”

McLennan went 16-15 overall and 10-4 in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference play last year.