The Michigan Wolverines have continued to cast a very broad net in their search for their point guard of the future. One name that has recently garnered more mention is that of Westchester (IL) St. Joseph's Demetri McCamey. The 6-3 senior-to-be is a combo guard and hails from the same school that produced former Pistons great Isiah Thomas. In a conversation with GoBlueWolverine after leading his squad to a double-digit victory over the Michigan Hurricanes, McCamey made it clear that he is very interested in the the Maize and Blue.
“I have been looking at Michigan and I like them," he said. "One reason is Coach Tommy Amaker. I heard about he is a good player's coach and about how much he loves his players.”
McCamey is just the kind of tough-as-nails - take-no-prisoners type of player that Amaker needs. Getting to the rack and finishing (even when there's contact) is what this big lead-guard does best, but he also sees the floor very well and he can do a good job of creating for others. Built like a football player, McCamey is very strong, surprisingly quick, and he can impose his will on an opponent as the game goes on. He thrives on being challenged which is why he loves to play against the best.
"It helps me work on my game," he said. "That's why I look forward to playing against top notch competition."
McCamey hopes to visit Ann Arbor in the month of June with his mom and his AAU coach, Mike Mullins. While there, he'll be looking for some very specific features.
"I'm looking for a school with a good atmosphere," explained McCamey. "I would like to walk around campus to see what it is going to be like. I want to try and take a look at some of the educational facilities around there. I would also like to talk to the coaches about who is coming in at my position and who is coming into the class that I would be a part of. I would like to get to know the players as well."
GoBlueWolverine will be following up with McCamey after his visit and at other events during the summer. In the meantime, here his more of our brief Q&A with him from the Spiece Run N Slam All Star Classic.
What is your role on the team (the Illinois Wolves)?
"When I have a mismatch my coaches look for me to score and if not I try and get my teammates involved."
What are the strengths in your game right now and what do you need to work on?
"My strengths are penetrating, finding the open man, and finishing. I need to work on shooting the three and getting quicker."
Who has offered you as of right now?
Has Michigan shown you any interest lately?
"Yeah, I talked to them last week. We had a pretty good conversation. I spoke with Coach Swenson and he said they were looking for guys to come in and play right away. I like Michigan a lot, but I am wide open right now."
Who will be the people involved in helping you pick a school?
"It will be me, my mom and, my high school coach, Gene Pingatore."