Demetri McCamey and Mike Davis To Return: The Wait Is Over in Illinois

Jonah PulsCorrespondent IMay 8, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 15:  Demetri McCamey #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini waves towards the fans as he celebrates Illinois' 54-50 win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during their semifinal game on Day 3 of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 15, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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To go, or not to go?

That was the question both Demetri McCamey and Mike Davis faced when deciding whether or not to enter the NBA Draft.

It was a mystery whether they would sign agents or return to college basketball, but both of them chose to come back for another year, stating that they want to return because they know they have the talent to make a deep NCAA Tournament run.

McCamey, who was first-team All Big Ten, led the Illini last year averaging 15.1 points while ranking second in the nation in assists with 7.1 per game. He is going to work extremely hard this offseason, hoping to have another standout season next year.

"This was a great experience, a blessing for me to follow my dream of playing in the NBA," McCamey said.

"After going through workouts and talking with my family and Coach Weber, I feel that it's in my best interest to return to school for my senior season. Point guards are judged on victories. I think our team can do big things next year so I'm coming back to help us compete for championships and at the same time keep getting better so I can challenge for a first-round spot in next year's draft."

At first, the consensus going around was that Davis was just "testing the waters" and would only go for the workouts. But he gave us a scare and decided to wait until the last day to make a decision to stay for another year.

Davis averaged 10.7 points and a conference-leading 9.2 rebounds per game. Throughout the course of the season, Davis tallied up 15 double-doubles, which was second behind Ohio State phenomenon Evan Turner.

"I put my name in to hear from NBA personnel which areas of my game I need to make improvement," Davis said.

"Deep down I knew another year of school was best for me, but having the chance to workout and get that feedback were helpful so I'm thankful for that opportunity. Now I'm motivated to work harder than ever so that we can have a great year next year, get back to the NCAA Tournament and make a run."

Weber was fantastic in helping these athletes come to a final decision. He helped them throughout the whole process, giving them advice and talking to NBA scouts about how they would evaluate McCamey and Davis.

"I am so proud of the way Demetri and Mike went through this process," Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said.

"They were receptive to the information they received and made mature, informed decisions. Demetri and Mike feel strongly about our program. They now have the opportunity to leave their mark on Fighting Illini basketball by graduating, leading us to a successful season and continuing to improve their game so that a year from now they can have the opportunity to play in the NBA."