There are times when a commitment comes in and it’s an outlier. On the surface, the fan base goes nuts because its head coach just landed a headlining type player. If you take a moment, let the euphoria wear off and dig deeper, one wonders about the context of the commitment. Does the player’s skill set mesh with the team and its mission on offense or defense? The answer is not always cut and dry.
When the text came in that ESPN 100 power forward Reggie Cameron (Paterson, N.J./Hudson Catholic) had committed to Georgetown, it made sense. Most bigs or combo forwards dream of having a green light behind the arc. The reality is, numbers don’t back the confidence they show in their own game. However, when it comes to Cameron, John Thompson III might have him shoot even more.
During last year’s Nike EYBL, Cameron shot 56-for-114 from 3-point range. For a big to shoot an eye-popping 49 percent behind the arc is ridiculous. We talk about Matt Jones (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) as one of the best shooters in the country, and he is. But during the EYBL’s regular season, Cameron outshot Jones and there wasn’t a non-guard close to him. Only Steve Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla./Douglass) made more 3s than Cameron. Those are real, quantifiable numbers over a league season.
Translation: When Reggie Cameron tells you he’s a good shooter, he’s not kidding. On the flip side, Georgetown craves guys who can spread the floor, think for themselves and play within structure. Cameron, by any measure, is a fit for the Hoyas.
Ranked No. 66 in the ESPN 100, Cameron took his time with his decision. His list of schools is easily explainable and well thought out. Michigan, like Georgetown, puts a premium on his skill set. NC State and UConn needed frontcourt talent. Miami was a place that offered early playing time and has landed players from his area in the past. Cameron took his visits, weighed his options and shortly after his visit to Georgetown, he made his choice.
Once you get past the first handful of players in each class, projecting the career arc of a player is difficult. However, when a prospect makes a choice that will enable him to maximize his skill set and play to his strengths, it’s obvious that he’s done his homework and taken his time. In the end, Cameron appears to have reached a decision founded in principles that mirror his game and that should afford him a chance for a productive career in D.C.
Cameron is a perimeter forward, so you wouldn’t expect him to be a volume rebounder. It’s an area he can improve. If he does that and becomes a better ball-handler then he’ll play a lot early.
The Hoyas beefed up their perimeter attack last year with the addition of Stephen Domingo, and for the second straight season they’ve added another sniper.
Cameron is the Hoyas' first commitment of the year, but Georgetown isn’t finished on the trail. Thompson has spent a lot of time in North Carolina with top-ranked center Kennedy Meeks (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte). Jonathan Williams (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind) visited and local point guard Roddy Peters (Suitland, Md./Suitland) is on the short list.