McCamey doing a finger roll on January 23, 2010
|No. 30 – Cairns Taipans|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|League||National Basketball League|
February 21, 1989 |
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||St. Joseph
|NBA draft||2011 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2011–present|
|2011||Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K.|
|2011–2012||Hapoel Jerusalem B.C.|
|2012||Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2013||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Career highlights and awards|
Demetri McCamey, Jr. (born February 21, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cairns Taipans of the National Basketball League. His prior professional experience includes time with the NBA Development League's Erie BayHawks and Rio Grande Valley Vipers as well as time abroad with the Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. and the Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K.. Previously he played with the University of Illinois basketball team where he completed his senior season for the 2010–11 team. He was an All-Big Ten performer for the 2009–10 team. He was the 2009–10 Big Ten assists champion (7.06) and the 2009–10 NCAA runner-up.
He played high school basketball with Big Ten Conference foe Evan Turner on the St. Joseph High School (in Westchester) basketball team. He was a first-team All-state selections according to numerous publications.
As a true sophomore, he led the 2008–09 team in scoring average, and he was chosen as a third team 2008–09 All-Big Ten Conference player by both the coaches and the media. During his junior season, he led the big ten in assists per game. He holds the Illinois single-season assist/game (7.06) and single-game assists (16) records. Following the 2009–10 All-Big Ten Conference regular season, he was named a first-team All-conference selection by both the coaches and the media. He became the first Fighting Illini to average over seven assists per game over the course of a season during the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. As a senior, he was a third team All-Big Ten selection for the 2010–11 Big Ten season. As a senior his assist numbers fell, but his shooting percentages rose.
He was part of a 2005 Chicago area sophomore class that was considered to be the best in the history of the state of Illinois. It included Derrick Rose and his St. Joseph's teammate Turner. Isiah Thomas is St. Joseph's most famous basketball alum, but McCamey was at the time mentioned as the potential next great St. Joseph's product. The class of 2007 was compared to the Chicago area class of 1979 that included Thomas, Terry Cummings, and Darrell Walker as well as the class of 1998 that included Quentin Richardson, Corey Maggette, Frank Williams, Bobby Simmons, Michael Wright. McCamey was considered the second best area prospect after Rose.
As a junior, he and Turner attended 2005 Midnight Madness with the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team. At the beginning of his junior season, Chicago Tribune named him to its annual top Chicago metropolitan area basketball players list, and it ranked St. Joseph number three in the area. The team went to the state sectional final before its season ended with a 75–72 sectional final loss to Proviso East High School. After his junior season, he was considered one of the top 25 prospects in the country in his class according to one scout, and he was given special mention by the Chicago Tribune and honorable mention by the Associated Press for all-state honors.
During his senior season, his team was listed second to Rose's Simeon Career Academy in the preseason Tribune Chicago area high school basketball team rankings. That season, he was named to the second-team Associated Press 2006–07 Class AA all-state team, a day before Rose's Simeon eliminated Turner's St. Joseph in the Illinois Class AA supersectional. McCamey and Turner finished sixth and third to Rose in the Illinois Mr. Basketball voting, and the Chicago Tribune chose both of them as first team All-state selections along with Rose. He was also a first team selection by Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. McCamey was ranked as the #10, #11 and #10 point guard in the nation as a high school senior by ESPN, Rivals.com, and Scout.com respectively.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Chicago, Illinois||St. Joseph (IL)||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||Jun 30, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 96|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 10 (PG) Rivals: 72, 11 (PG) ESPN: 63, 10 (PG)|
When McCamey posted 31 points on February 7, 2008 against Indiana, it was the season high for the 2007-08 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team and the most by an Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball freshman in fourteen years. During the 2008 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament he made six three point shots in six attempts against Purdue, which set a Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament single-game record and tied the Illinois school single-game record for three point field goal percentage (most made with no misses).
He was chosen as a third team 2008–09 All-Big Ten Conference player by both the Big Ten coaches and the Big Ten media. McCamey was also a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I District 7 All‐District second team choice. Since the Big Ten Conference was its own district, this is equivalent to being named second team All-Big Ten by the NABC. He led the 2008–09 Illinois Fighting Illini team in scoring average and was second in assists. On February 12, 2009, he scored the game-winning bank shot with 2.9 seconds remaining against Northwestern. Although he only ranked fourth in the conference in assists, he had the highest assist average in conference games.
McCamey was named co-Big Ten Conference Player of the Week for February 8, 2010. On February 20, he recorded 16 assists, which is the fourth highest single-game total in Big Ten history. This total set an Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball single-game record.
McCamey led the Big Ten in assists (7.06). He was also tenth in scoring and eighth in steals. His 254 assists in 36 games resulting in a 7.06 assist per game average eclipsed Deron Williams' 264 in 39 games (6.77 average) posted during the 2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Thus, McCamey took over the Fighting Illini single-season assist per game record. His total of 254 was the fourth highest in Big Ten history and only 20 shy of Mateen Cleaves' Big Ten single-season record of 274. Williams' 264 is the Fighting Illini record. McCamey's total of 525 after his junior season left him 291 short of Cleaves' career record of 816. Bruce Douglas holds the Fighting Illini record with a total of 765.
At the end of the regular season, he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media. McCamey was selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the ten-man All-District V team covering college basketball players in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. McCamey was selected to the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament team. He was recognized as an All-District first-team selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, making him eligible for the State Farm Division I All‐America teams. McCamey had entered his name for the 2010 NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent and withdrew his name prior to the May 8, 2010 deadline.
He was a preseason first team all-conference selection by the Big Ten media for the 2010–11 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season. He was a preseason top 50 candidate for the Wooden Award. McCamey scored 30 points for the first time since his freshman season on December 8, 2010 against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. On January 3, 2011, he was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week. On January 15, 2011 against Wisconsin, he made a career-high 17 free throws. In December he was named to the 67-man Bob Cousy Award watchlist, and he was named as one of 20 finalists in January. McCamey was selected to the Naismith Award Midseason Top 30 List. Following the 2010–11 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season, he was a third team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media. McCamey was selected by the United States Basketball Writers Association to its 2010–11 Men's All-District Team. He was among the final ten candidates for the Bob Cousy Award.
As a senior, his assist average fell from 7.1 to 6.1 per game, but his three point shot and free throw percentages rose from his prior years. He shot 45.1% versus 34.1% in three point shots the prior year, which had been a career best. Both his junior and senior seasons he took 164 attempts, but he made 74 as a senior versus just 56 as a junior. His free throw percentage also recovered a bit in his senior season moving to 72.4% from 70.7% but still below his sophomore effort of 76.4%. He finished second in the Big Ten in assists to Darius Morris, but also finished third in three point shooting percentage.
McCamey went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft. Because of the 2011 NBA lockout effect on undrafted rookies, who could not sign with NBA teams until the situation was resolved, he signed a one-year deal with Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K. in Turkey in July 2011. He was released in December 2011. He later signed with Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. but then released in January 2012.
National Basketball Association
He played for the Chicago Bulls during the 2012 NBA Summer League. McCamey signed a contract with the Houston Rockets on September 25, 2012. He was waived by the Rockets on October 12, 2012. The following month, he was on the training camp roster for the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He played in games for the Vipers until December 21. On December 25, 2012, McCamey was waived by the Vipers. He was signed by the Erie BayHawks and debuted with the team on December 28. He was released by the Bayhawks on March 12. Later that month, he was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
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