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Old 07-01-2006, 03:37 AM   #2
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"McCamey Is In The Bag"

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McCamey Is In The Bag
June 30, 2006

Updated: 1:45 P.M. CST


What is one of the best ways to overcome the loss of a highly coveted recruit? How about by going out and landing a commitment from his high school teammate. That is exactly what the University of Illinois did, and they did so less than 24 hours later by receiving a verbal commitment this morning from 6'3 Demetri McCamey from St. Joseph High School in Westchester, IL. McCamey chose the Illini over Wake Forest, DePaul, Indiana, and Michigan.

McCamey's commitment goes a long way toward easing the blow which was felt among the Illini faithful when McCamey's teammate, 6'5 Evan Turner, committed to Ohio State yesterday. He becomes Illinois' fourth commitment from the class of 2007, joining 6'4 Eric Gordon from North Central High School in Indianapolis, 6'9 Bill Cole from Richwoods High School in Peoria and 6'11 Mike Tisdale from Riverton High School in Riverton, IL in what is shaping up to be an excellent recruiting class.

While Illinois' interest level in McCamey had always been high, it became even more intensified right before the start of their satellite camp at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. At that time it was learned that McCamey would be taking an unofficial visit to the Champaign campus, which he did this past Tuesday. It was at that point that Bruce Weber and the Illini coaching staff extended the scholarship offer to McCamey and needless to say he jumped at it.

McCamey is an outstanding athlete with a strong upper body and an explosive first step. He has the ability to take over games, which is a big reason why he has ascended in the national rankings. While McCamey still needs to learn to play under control at all times, there is no question that he has all the makings of being a dynamite player in the Big Ten.

With McCamey now in the fold, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye believes that the Illini coaching staff is looking more closely than ever at the possibility of reviving the "three headed monster", the three guard offensive attack which helped lead Illinois to the final four in 2005. Contrary to opinions that are already being offered by others, we do not think that McCamey's commitment means that Illinois will stop recruiting the state's top prospect, 6'3 Derrick Rose from Simeon High School in Chicago. In fact, we think it means that they are recruiting him harder than ever. Considering that Gordon and McCamey are now on the way, Jamar Smith is coming off a spectacular freshman year, and Rose is still out there, it goes without saying that the possibilities are endless.

Continue to check in with Illinois Prep Bulls-eye for all of the latest as it pertains to recruiting and high school basketball in Illinois.
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