Demetri McCamey Declares For NBA Draft

Jonah PulsCorrespondent IApril 12, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 13:  Guard Demetri McCamey #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini drives with the ball in their 88-81 double overtime loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the semifinals of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 13, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It was discovered today that Illinois star Demetri McCamey would declare for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, via Jonathan Givony's Twitter account.

He will not hire an agent, but is "very serious" about staying in the draft.

I knew that he was exploring the draft, but I was completely baffled when I heard he was going to follow through with it.

He is expected to be a late second-round pick at best this year, and I knew that if he stayed one more year to develop his talent, he would go much higher.

So, I was 100 percent sure that he would return for his senior season with an extremely talented group next year.

That's why this fits perfectly with the saying, "You never know."

Because you really just never know what goes through the mind of young, collegiate athletes.

The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He shot .454 from the field, .707 from the free-throw line, and .341 from three-point range.

If McCamey does not pull his name out by May 8, he will not be able to return to college basketball next season.

As I stated earlier, I hope he realizes how much better of a prospect he can be if he stays.

If he decides to stick with his original plan, which I would also support completely, it will be detrimental for Illinois.

He definitely has the intangibles it takes to succeed in the NBA; great passing skills, great shot, and he is well built.

In my opinion, he reminds me a lot of the former Illinois great Deron Williams.

The only thing he needs to work on is his work ethic and attitude. He had a couple moments this year where he pulled stuns that he won't get away with in the NBA.

But, he proved that he be a prime-time player and that's something that any NBA scout will be content with.

With a little clean-up in attitude, McCamey could become a successful product for an NBA team.

With whatever decision McCamey makes in the end, I support it the whole way and wish him the best of luck!