Purnell Adds Junior Commitment

As of Thursday, the ACC owned five commitments from members of the Class of 2005 Top 25. The league's most recent addition from the junior class hails from Leeds, Alabama, and this time it's the Clemson Tigers adding to their early list of big time talent.

On Thursday night, Clemson received a significant commitment for its program. Joey Cameron, a 6-9, 245 pound junior power forward, committed to Oliver Purnell's Clemson Tigers.

Just this week, TheInsiders.com ranked Clemson's 2004 recruiting class No. 25 in the nation. Now, Purnell's Tigers have hit the ground running with a commitment from a Top 25 member of the Class of 2005.

"He's really excited about this opportunity to play for Coach Purnell," Leeds High head coach Mike Turner said.

Turner thought that Cameron was seeking some stability with his recruitment and wanted to focus on his academics. So, in order to put his recruitment aside, the young standout thought it best to commit and end the process.

One of the key parts of Cameron's decision was a series of unofficial visits. According to Turner, Cameron took trips to Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama with each school offering a scholarship.

However, it was a visit by Purnell on the last day of the period in September that seemed to really put Clemson over the top. "That last day blew him away," Turner said.

Now, Cameron can focus on the upcoming season and his academics. It'll be a pivotal year for Cameron as he's coming off surgery to repair some "jumper's knee" damage. His coach said that he's about 95 percent right now.

Cameron started off his spring with a bang as he excelled at the Tournament of Champions last May. He then missed the better portion of July as he focused on rehabbing the knee.

Cameron has a chance to be a major player for the Tigers. He rebounds extremely well, runs the floor and will block some shots.

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