First it was St. Joseph's Demetri McCamey a smooth 6-2 PG class of 2007, and then it was 6-6 wingman Jereme Richmond of North Shore Country Day class of 2010 that verbaled to Illinois' Bruce Weber. Could there be another missing piece to the puzzle?
Many in the state feels that Richmond is the best 2010 player, and Illinois has him locked up already. One of the next stars in the state is DeAndre McCamey, a 6-1 PG from Westchester St. Joseph high school and brother of future Illini Demetri McCamey.
DeAndre is no stranger to the University of Illinois. He's been there before and it looks like he's coming back. "I hope to get down there this weekend with my mom and my brother for the game on Sunday. I get a lot of mail and stuff but mostly from Illinois and DePaul. My coach has a lot more in his office that he will give to me but right now he just wants me to focus on my game and the season. I do love Illinois, though, I have to admit. My brother and I both love Coach Webster, we have been Illinois fans since we were little kids" said McCamey.
Currently this freshman is averaging 16 ppg and dishing out 6 assists a game at the sophomore level. "I think at the end of the year, I'll will probably get moved up and dress with the varsity during the state tournament if I keep getting better" he added.
Right now McCamey said he didn't know what AAU team he was going to play on but one thing for sure, Illini commit Richmond will be on that team. "We want to play together if possible, he's really good. He's gotten so much better, I've seen him play since the 7th grade and he's as good as people say he is" according McCamey.
"A lot of people were surprised that Jereme committed so soon but I think I'm going to wait a little bit before I do something like that. But he knew where he wanted to go. I can't blame him I really like Illinois along with the style of play" McCamey said.
Naturally most want to know who's the better player, "We play a lot and I make the games really close. The games are good competition…we're very competitive."
It may seem that the Illinois focus on recruiting is aiming at younger and younger players, but it's a national trend, and the Illinois staff has a big advantage with DeAndre, since his friend and his brother have already committed, and he's less than two hours away from Champaign.
I wouldn't expect a verbal Sunday from McCamey but you can bet he will pay close attention to the guards and how Weber handles them. Something tells me this will not be the last time the younger McCamey will be on campus.