South Carolina Commitment: Broome pitcher and quarterback Heath Hembree recently spent some time with Diamond Prospects to share with us his thoughts on football and the Gamecocks among other things. Hembree is one of the top right-handed arms in South Carolina this year and may command attention in the spring from professional scouts. Find out why he chose USC and where he sees his future going in his Diamond Spotlight.
DP-Please list any high school statistics of importance, awards won (include any academic info here, Dean’s list, etc; also if you led the team in a certain category, set a school record, etc):
HH-Baseball: Most strikeouts in regular season (99), Region 2 2A Player of the Year
Football: Most extra points kicked in regular season (60), Passed over 2,100 yards and 31 touchdowns.
DP-You committed to South Carolina, what factors led to that decision? What other schools did you select them over?
HH-Impressed with coaching staff and overall facilities and also being a lifelong gamecock fan helped in the decision. I chose Carolina over Clemson and many others.
DP-Why do you think they recruited you?
HH-I think they recruited me because of my fastball with good velocity and size.
DP-What are your thoughts if professional baseball becomes a reality during your senior year?
HH-It would be exciting and a bonus but I would have to do what is best for me at the time.
DP-What are your thoughts on having to give up being a two-way player if that ends up happening?
HH-It would be exciting to be able to work more on becoming a better pitcher.
DP-What are your thoughts on giving up football?
HH-I would miss it at first but baseball has always been my first love.
DP-What is your greatest high school thrill?
HH-Winning a football State championship.
DP-Where does your love for baseball come from?
HH-It is a sport that is a big part of my family and something that I have always been around since I could remember.
DP-Who are the three toughest hitters you have faced? Pitchers?
HH-Hitters:Ross Hanna, Trevin Tabor, Phillip Morgan
Pitchers: Justin Sarratt, Travis Botts, David Parry
DP-What do you think your teammates think about the attention you’ve gotten?
HH-They were excited for me.
DP-Who are the three best underclassmen in South Carolina that you know of?
HH-Zeke Rollins (Landrum-3B), Jeffrey Campbell (Boiling Springs-C)
Kostantine Diamaduros (Spartanburg-OF)
DP-What anxieties do you have about entering college?
HH-Being away from home and adjusting to being on my own.
DP-What is the toughest adjustment you expect after high school on and off the field?
HH-Tougher academics, living in a larger city and facing better hitters.
DP-Tell us why you believe you’ll succeed beyond high school in this game:
HH-Because of discipline and determination.
DP-What areas of your game do you need to work on the most to improve before you hit the Gamecock practice field?
HH-Having better control of all of my pitches.
DP-What is the biggest crowd you’ve ever performed in front of and where?
HH-2004 football state championship game at Williams-Brice Stadium.
DP-Who has made the greatest impression on you as a person and why?
HH-My parents because of all of the support and advice they have given me through the years.
DP-Who has made the greatest impression on you as a baseball player and why?
HH-My dad for the many of days that we have practiced and the times for coaching me when I needed it.
DP-What does the term “student-athlete” mean to you?
HH-Not only being good at sports but being good academically.
DP-What MLB feat in history do you wish you’d been inside the stadium to witness and why?
HH-Being at Wrigley Field when Babe Ruth called his shot.
DP-Who is your favorite athlete outside of baseball and why?
HH-Tiger Woods for his hard work and being so successful at what he does.
DP-Who is your favorite MLB pitcher and position player and why?
HH-Roger Clemens for being as dominating as he has been and Derek Jeter for making the great plays that he does.
DP-Who is your favorite MLB team?
HH-Boston Red Sox
DP-What is your favorite sport to play other than baseball?
DP-What is your favorite sport to watch other than baseball?
DP-What are some of your hobbies?
HH-Hanging with my friends, golfing and fishing
DP-What is something people don’t know about you?
HH-I sleep with a nightlight
DP-If there were going to be a movie made about your life, who would you want to play you?
HH-I would want Adam Sandler to play me
DP-Who is your favorite actor and actress?
HH-Will Ferrell and Jessica Simpson
DP-What is your favorite movie?
HH-“Remember the Titans”
DP-What type of music do you prefer?
DP-What is (or would be) your ‘intro’ song?
DP-What goals do you have for yourself in and out of baseball?
HH-To be able to play in Omaha and earn a four-year degree.
DP-If you could have dinner with three people in history, who would they be and why?
HH-Babe Ruth, so we could talk baseball. Abraham Lincoln, ask what it was like to be president at his time. Elvis, what it felt like to be the king.
DP-Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
HH-Hopefully playing MLB or coaching somewhere.
DP-What are your thoughts on what Diamond Prospects has done and can do for kids in South Carolina?
HH-Give them more exposure and to give better opportunities to play baseball.
DP-Give a young high school player who is reading this article one piece of advice:
HH-You could never work too hard, always have a positive attitude and to never lose confidence in yourself.
DP-Thanks Heath. Best of luck to you this fall on the gridiron, next spring and beyond!