AU Hoops Signee Looking For Tournamnent Success

A report is featured on Auburn basketball signee Joey Cameron from Leeds High School.

Leeds, Ala.--Auburn basketball signee Joey Cameron of Leeds High School hopes to lead his team to the area tournament championship Monday at 6 p.m. against Springville.

The 6-8, 250-pound power forward averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds as a junior and is averaging 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks per game as a senior. Leeds Coach Mike Turner says that Cameron has a chance to be a better post player at the college level because of his fondness for physical play.

"With his explosiveness, he reminds me of (Phoenix Suns star) Amare Stoudemire when he was in high school," Turner says. "He is real physical--a (former Florida Gator and current New Jersey Net) Donnell Harvey type--kind of a cross between those two. That's the real problem with him right now and we're trying to finesse his game up some. With these high school referees he can't lower his shoulder."

After finishing at 6-0 in the area in the regular season Leeds is the host for the Class 3A, Area 6 tournament, where they knocked off Fultondale 66-38 Friday. Although Leeds is ranked 10th in the state in 3A, Turner says that Cameron and the rest of his squad should be ready to make a run for the state title after playing a tough regular season schedule.

"We're 21-10 and we have 14 victories over class 5A and 6A teams and that's the thing right there," Turner says. "We have tried to play against stiffer competition because that's how we're going to get better.

"Records are fine if that is what you're about, but I'm about competition. If you take on the Huffmans and Parkers and Mountain Brooks and all of the other metro teams here that are ranked in the state, that gives you an opportunity to get better and that's what I'm about."

Turner says that although his team relied heavily on the low-post play of Cameron last season he has a more balanced attack and much more talent this year.

"In scoring we're led by a transfer kid who came from B.B. Comer High School--Cord Robbins," he says. "He's averaging right around 18 a game. He's really kind of helped us take some of the scoring off of Cameron. Last year Cameron had to pretty much carry us in scoring the whole year because he was our go-to guy.

"We dumped down the ball a lot," Turner adds. "That was the only way we were going to be able to stay in some games. We lived and died by throwing the ball inside. But this year in terms of big games, there's no doubt about it, Cameron is the one who's getting it done for us in big games."

Cameron is one of five players in Auburn's early signing class. Auburn coach Jeff Lebo signed two other forwards, Josh Dollard and Korvotney Barber, and two guards, Jarvis Hill and Rasheem Barrett.


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