The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the signing of Ebrima Jassey Demba (G/F, 6-7 200, Birmingham, England/Monroe College (N.Y.) to a National Letter of Intent. Jassey Demba is the first junior college signee for the Golden Eagles for the 2019 class. He joins a signing class that includes Reed Miller (G/F, 6-6 205, Appleton, Wis./Kimberly H.S.), Tyrese Shines (G, 6-3 190, LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.), and Quintin Winterfeldt (G, 6-4 195, Waupun, Wis./Waupun H.S.).
“I am excited to welcome Ibu to the Golden Eagle basketball family,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “Ibu will provide some length and athleticism. He is a versatile player that can do multiple things on both ends of the floor. He comes from a high-level Division I junior college and played with very high-level players in the past two years. I look forward to getting Ibu on campus, and getting him acclimated with our current players.”
Jassey Demba competed for Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y., who went 25-6 on the 2018-19 season, earning a Regional Championship in Division I of the NJCAA. He played in 30 games and started five for Monroe College. Jassey Demba averaged 4.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He shot 44.0 percent from the field. Jassey Demba played with Thomas Binelli, who is committed to Division I Eastern Michigan University, and Will Martinez, who is committed to Division I Wagner College. As a freshman, he played in 30 games and notched 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Jassey Demba’s family is originally from Gambia, but he was born in Spain. His family lived in Spain for 17 years before moving to the United Kingdom. He is the son of Fatou Demba Jassey and Kebba Jassey Demba. He was born Jan. 31, 1998. Jassey Demba plans to major in sports management at UMC.