First round enough for McCamey to go
Illinois junior guard Demetri McCamey said on Friday that he will remain in the NBA draft if he is projected to be a first-round pick.
McCamey, a 6-foot-3 point guard, averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.5 steals this past season. He shot .454 from the field, .707 from the free-throw line and .341 from 3-point range.
McCamey has until May 8 to pull his name out of the draft to keep his college eligibility. He said projections on his draft stock have been inconsistent.
"It's all over the place, especially on the Internet," McCamey said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Somebody had something on the Internet about [McCamey] being No. 8, some said in the first [round] some said in the second [round] and some said not drafted. It's all over the place, but when you go to workouts in front of scouts and GMs, those are the real people so you'll have a better feel after you work out."
If McCamey returns to school, Illinois figures to contend for the Big Ten title. Will that factor into his decision to go pro?
"A little bit but at the same time coach says you have to do the best for me and my future," McCamey said. "Chances like this don't come every day. If you are a guaranteed first-round pick that's something you have to take, and if you're a second-round [pick] that's when you have to weigh your options and see if you really want to do it or come back and improve your draft status for the following year."
McCamey joins former (Westchester, Ill.) St. Joseph High School and Illinois Wolves AAU teammate Evan Turner as early entrants for the draft.
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