McCamey Declares for NBA Draft
April 14, 2010
Champaign, Ill. - University of Illinois junior point guard Demetri McCamey (Bellwood, Ill./St. Joseph H.S.) will declare himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft, he announced today.
"I feel now is the time for me to seriously explore my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA," McCamey said. "I will continue my coursework while preparing for workouts, and I do not plan to hire an agent in order to retain my eligibility. Coach Weber has helped me every step of the way, and I will work closely with him during this process as I pursue my goal of playing professional basketball."
McCamey earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last season, as well as first-team All-District honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He also earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. McCamey led the Illini in scoring, averaging 15.1 points, and ranked second in the nation in assists with a school-record average of 7.1 apg. He also led the Illini in steals (1.5 spg), while finishing third on the team in rebounding (3.6 rpg).
McCamey tallied seven or more assists in 21 games and tied a school record with a career-high 16 assists at Purdue, equaling the most assists in the NCAA on the season and ranking as the No. 3 all-time performance in a Big Ten game. He registered 10, 20-point games on the year, scored in double figures 28 times and was the UI's top scorer in a team-leading 17 contests.
McCamey is the only player in Illinois history to reach career milestones of 1,200 points as well as 500 assists in three seasons of competition. He was named team MVP at last night's Fighting Illini Basketball Banquet.
"I am proud of the way Demetri has handled this situation," Weber said. "He has participated in all our team workouts and weightlifting sessions this spring while continuing to work hard in the classroom. He also has kept an open line of communication with our staff, and his mother, Sabrina, has been tremendous as well. Demetri has our full support as he goes through this process. He has clearly made great improvements as a player, but more importantly has matured and grown as a person."