Over the past few months few prospects have seen their recruiting profiles rise more than Jersey City, (NJ) Hudson Catholic power forward, Reggie Cameron. The class of 2013 standout’s scholarship now stands at 16, and includes high majors like Connecticut, Florida, Miami, USC, West Virginia, Villanova, and N.C. State. Michigan isn’t currently among that 16, but that hasn’t stopped the Wolverines from becoming a major presence in his recruitment.
“They definitely have been showing a lot of attention,” said Cameron regarding the Maize & Blue. “Coach Beilein and I actually talked (Thursday). We’re trying to work out a visit date for September.”
Cameron has grown increasingly comfortable with Beilein in recent months thanks in part to the endorsement of his high school head coach.
“(Beilein) is a great guy,” said Cameron. “He coached Da'Sean Butler which was one of my high school coach’s high school players at Bloomfield Tech so they have a prior relationship. (Beilein) is real cool. He tells you the truth. He is just real excited about Michigan basketball and he said he wants me to become part of that.”
That message has been echoed consistently by Michigan’s point man in Cameron’s recruitment, assistant Bacari Alexander. Much like Beilein Alexander has established a nice rapport with the sweet-shooting four-man.
“Awe man, he is great,” Cameron said regarding Alexander. “He checks up on me all of the time. He is a funny guy. He just has a real great personality.”
The compatibility with the coaches in Ann Arbor is but one of Michigan’s appealing attributes. The 6-7, 205-pounder is also a big fan of John Beilein’s offense.
“Definitely a lot of people tell me that I’m a Michigan type player,” stated Cameron. “I play the three and the four, I stretch the defense out, and I use my IQ to get other players involved.”
Getting a feel for those players one of Cameron’s top priorities during his visits. He also makes it a point to take a look at his suitors’ respective recruiting classes. After inspecting Michigan’s the Garden State star came away extremely impressed.
“I want to go somewhere where I’m going to have (talented) people in my class,” he said. “I want to go somewhere that I’ll be comfortable, get a really good education, where I’ll grow as a player, and where I’ll win a lot of games… that’s really important. I want to win the national championship. That’s everybody’s goal, and I want to have people with me that will help me achieve that goal. I don’t know (Michigan’s 2013 commitments) personally, but I’ve seen one of the kids play… Derrick Walton the point guard. I saw some highlights of him from the Adidas tournament out in Vegas. He is definitely a nice point guard… a pass first guy, and he is fast. They’re bringing in talent.”
The quest to find which of his suitors best meets all of Cameron’s criteria is now about to enter overdrive. With so many options still before him, he admits that sorting through is a bit daunting. That’s an issue he plans to address in the not too distant future.
“Pretty soon I’m going to trim my list from the 16 that it is right now to about seven,” reported Cameron. “I’d like to sign in November during the early signing period so I can get it over with and focus on my high school season.”
To view GoBlueWolverine’s prior video interview and highlights of Cameron in action during the spring, click here.