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Poly boys hoops star Demetrius Mims commits to Long Beach State

Poly boys basketball standout Demetrius Mims, an All-Metro first-team selection as a junior last season, has made an oral commitment to play at Long Beach State.

The senior guard, who has started since he was a freshman, made the announcement at a ceremony at the school Friday afternoon.

“I put a lot of time and effort into my game, worked a lot over the summer, and watched myself grow as a player and a person,” Mims said. “That helped me analyze the situation, and I think Long Beach State is the best fit for me all around. When I went there, they made me feel at home and they fit my style of play. They welcomed me and made me feel like family. Outside of basketball, it’s a great college and atmosphere.”

Last year, Mims averaged 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game to help the Engineers to a 21-7 record and the program’s first state title in Class 3A. He goes into his senior year needing 39 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

Long Beach State is a Division I school in California that competes in the Big West Conference. The 49ers had a 15-19 mark last season.

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