North Carolina All-American Latest of Many to Praise Demetri McCamey

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During his college basketball career, Illinois point guard has received a lot of hype from the media, but also a fair amount of criticism. Illini fans have similarly (perhaps even more so) had a disjointed, and almost bi-polar assessment of Meechi.

This year however, it’s become increasingly clear that Demetri McCamey IS good. Period.

Yes, his defense can still be a bit….”Ben Gordonesque,” but it is improving. And he’s trying much harder at it than ever before (see his recent surge in “Matto” points, the Illini scoring system of hustle plays). He’s also more disciplined than ever. The NBA Draft workouts this summer inspired him to condition better and lose weight; and today he’s in fantastic game shape.

By Paul M. Banks

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Demetri McCamey’s NBA Draft Stock Rises with Illini Wins

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When Illini point guard Demetri McCamey was a freshman, he was a highly regarded recruit with a few explosive games but also terrible choice in shot selection. His sophomore year, the Illini needed a leader and a closer and McCamey developed into that go-to-scorer. He developed immensely on offense, but was still non-existent on defense.

Meechi’s junior season, he pretty much WAS Illini basketball. He made huge strides in his individual game despite his team’s considerable regression. McCamey became the team’s unquestioned leader, but wasn’t vocal enough in asserting his leadership. He finished second in the nation in assists, and broke a single game school record in that same statistic.

He tested the waters of the NBA draft, and learned what he needed to do when returned to Champaign.

By Paul M. Banks

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Demetri McCamey is Really Developing into Something now!

By Paul M. Banks

Demetri McCamey’s huge night (27 points, 7 assists, 11-17 FG, 3-4 from 3pt) led the way for the Illini’s uber-impressive 63-56 win at #13 Wisconsin. It’s yet another example of the huge strides he’s made this year.

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Demetri McCamey IS Illinois Basketball


By Paul Schmidt

“No question about it, everyone in the huddle knew where it was going.” –Bill Cole, Illini junior forward. [Read more…]

Evan Turner and Demetri McCamey: BFFs and Team MVPs

By Paul M. Banks

Evan Turner attended St. Joseph high school in Chicago, along with another Big Ten point guard who’s been his team’s MVP- Illinois’ Demetri McCamey.

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