has been racking up the frequent flyer miles this spring while playing with the Wolves at AAU tournaments in Houston, Texas, Akron, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. McCamey's play has attracted the attention of many college coaches. His ball handling skills and ability to drive the lane are what coaches have noticed most about Demetri. McCamey has more scholarship offers than he can keep track of at the moment. "Wake Forest
, Indiana, there's a lot more, but I'm not looking at that stuff right now, I'm just playing basketball," McCamey said.
With plenty of schools to choose from, Demetri counts on advice from his mother, his high school coach Gene Pingatore, and his AAU coach Mike Mullins. What do they tell him? "They tell me to get a feel for the schools," Demetri replied. "I've taken a few unofficials."
The universities that the 6-4 point guard has taken unofficial visits to are DePaul, Illinois
, Michigan State
, Notre Dame
, and Wisconsin
. McCamey is planning on visiting Wake Forest while in North Carolina for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions over the Memorial Day weekend.
What matters most to McCamey in his decision on a college? "A school where I can play right away, the relationship with the coaches, and the school atmosphere," Demetri mused. McCamey is also interested in playing in a power conference against elite competition. "I like the ACC, the Big 10, and the Big East."
McCamey also wants to find a school that offers a degree in Sports Management for when his playing days are over. He looks forward to studying the scholarship offers that he's received and setting up official visits over the summer. "After Bob Gibbons, I'll narrow it down," said Demetri.
McCamey is using the time spent playing AAU ball to work on his game to do what it takes to get him to the next level. He'd like to improve on his perimeter shooting. "Extending my jump shot outside the three," Demetri commented. "I'm shooting the ball real good this spring, but I've got to keep it up and be more consistent."
McCamey's teammate on the Wolves is also his high school teammate – 6'6" small forward and Class of 2007 prospect Evan Turner
. Mike Mullins is fortunate to have a talented duo like McCamey and Turner on his squad. With McCamey and Turner so highly sought, Mullins is making sure the pair remain well grounded. "I think it's important for them to concentrate on playing well and doing well in school and the rest kind of takes care of itself," Mullins said. "We play in plenty of exposure tournaments. They were fortunate to have a good summer last year and they've had a tremendous spring where their stock has skyrocketed. I tell them to keep their focus and not get enamored by the attention and realize how much work they have to do to get to where they want to go. We don't want college and a scholarship to be the destination. We want that to be the beginning for them."
Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the latest updates as Demetri McCamey closes in on his college decision.
In this report, WeAreDePaul.com talks with St. Joseph's High point guard Demetri McCamey following his spring tour of the national AAU circuit with the Illinois Wolves. The Class of 2007 prospect talks about the exposure that he's received, his latest scholarship offers, visits that he's taken, where he plans to visit, his future plans, and much more.