Illinois Sophomore Already has Connection

DeAndre McCamey is a star in the making. His brother will be a freshman this year at the University of Illinois. Read here for the latest on DeAndre regarding his play this summer, and what schools are going after him very hard this early in the recruitment process. Get inside.

DeAndre McCamey is a 6-1 point guard from Chicago's St. Joseph High School. He is the younger brother of former All State, Demetri McCamey, now a member of Bruce Weber's Fighting Illini.

"Right now I'm playing the best basketball of my life, I'm having a very good summer so far and everything is going really well for me. I play for the 16-year-old Illinois Wolves, but they have moved me up to the 17-year- old division for a few tournaments. But most of the time I'm with the 16's. I'm just playing really good," said McCamey.

Last season I spoke with McCamey while on a visit to Champaign, Illinois and he told me that his current high school coach Gene Pingatore really didn't believe in bringing up freshman to play varsity basketball. But that's all changed. Entering his sophomore season, McCamey will be the man St. Joseph's will call upon. "I will be the starting point guard on our team next year", said McCamey. "During all of our summer games I started at the guard position and I've done well."

No matter how much DeAndre and Demetri try to avoid comparisons, it's bound to happen often. "I'm more of a point guard than my brother was at this point according to Coach Mullins (AAU Coach)," said DeAndre. "When Demetri was my age he was more of a shooting guard or combo guard. He's done very well because he can do both. Now he is more of a point guard, but still makes it tough for people to guard," McCamey added.

The comparisons of the two high profile brothers naturally allow them to become very close to each other. "Last Friday we were both down in Champaign and we have talked everyday since," commented DeAndre. "He (Demetri) has been really good to me with all this. Demetri loves the University of Illinois, and he said he will just help me in any way he can. When it's time for me to make a decision for college, my coaches and my brother will help me. I can't look at who is at the school or anything like that. It's about making the best decision for me and that's what I'm going to do," McCamey adamantly declared.

Being one of the best players in the state for his class (2010), DeAndre is receiving a lot of interest from many colleges nationwide. According to DeAndre, the University Illinois and Southern Illinois University are currently going after his services the hardest.

Since Demetri is already a member of the Illini, we'll keep you updated on DeAndre's visits and his current progress at St. Josph's.


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