ITH Super Happy Fun Time All-Big Ten Preview: Demetri McCamey

  • 10/09/2010 10:39 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12: Guard Demetri McCamey #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini controls the ball against the Wisconsin Badgers during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Hoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s preseason All-Big Ten team. Today: Illinois’ Demetri McCamey.

The 2009-2010 season was a tale of two Demetri McCamey’s.

There was the All-Big Ten version that Indiana fans remember all too well after he sliced through three Hoosier defenders on his way to a teardrop buzzer-beater on January 30 in Champaign. He also led the Illini back from a 15-point deficit in Bloomington with 19 points, nine assists and just one turnover in a 66-60 win. Impressive.

And then there was the other McCamey.

The one that showed little respect for his coach, Bruce Weber, in this sideline incident during an ugly 72-57 home loss to Wisconsin on March 7. It was a stunning display of immaturity and poor decision making from one of the Big Ten’s finest players.

And it couldn’t have come at a worse time for Illinois as that loss ended any chance of an at-large NCAA Tournament berth. The Illini, a team many believed had the talent to dance in March, went on to the N.I.T.

So as the Illinois floor general returns after testing the NBA Draft waters, the question on everyone’s mind is this: Which version will show up for his senior season?

I’ll go with the All-Big Ten version for two reasons:

1. It’s the last stand for McCamey. Weber needs him to be more consistent and the leader if the Illini are to return to the top 20 like many are predicting. Sure, senior stalwarts Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale also return to help provide leadership, but let’s face it, as McCamey goes, so goes Illinois. That was evident last season when he shot just 37 percent down the stretch and Illinois lost 7 of 11. Coincidence? Not at all.

2. If McCamey wants a shot at guaranteed NBA money, he’ll need to display better decision making and do his best to avoid another sideline incident with Weber. The last thing an NBA franchise wants with a fringe first-rounder is questions about attitude and coachability. A summer to regroup is likely just what McCamey needed to realize it’s now or never to lead Illinois back to the NCAA Tournament and secure his future at the next level.

Previous Super Happy Fun Time All Big Ten Previews: Robbie Hummel, Kalin Lucas, William Buford.

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  • MillaRed

    Watched the Badgers spank Minnesota today. Has everyone seen this video? This guy is a freak!

  • JerryCT

    McCamey has the tools but does he have the mind ? He would not make my AllB10 first team but maybe 2nd team….. if his mind improves

  • Anonymous

    And I thought I knew just ” how ” high this kid could jump…..I guess I didn’t…but I do now. Not that he needs it but does he know that playing for the home team in AH adds another 2 to 4 inches to his vertical ? The only thing that would be more amazing would be seeing him do that in AH in a cream & crimson jersey. Gratefully we are not in a situation where signing or not signing him makes us or breaks us but I can’t think of one reason why we wouldn’t want him. He will be an instant impact player where ever he ends up at.Thanks for finding and sharing

  • Anonymous

    I agree. Based on his attitude, he really doesn’t deserve to be first team. Although, not getting a first round guarantee might have brought him down a peg or two. I guess we will see.

  • slojoe

    I’ve heard that the pros told McCamey that in regard to PG’s they don’t look so much at stats but whether they win. Obviously he didn’t live up to the latter last year. We’ll see if he got the message and implements it this year.

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    From the looks of it that is the equivalent of him touching the top of the balcony. Geez dude…

  • Outoftheloop

    McCamey is no where near the COLLEGE basketball player that Draymond Green (MSU) is.

  • Anonymous

    I want to be impressed with this video, but I’m afraid it was shot on the moon