December 10, 2012; Washington D.C., USA; The Georgetown Hoyas bulldog eats a box with the Longwood Lancers logo on it at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Georgetown Recruit Focus: Reggie Cameron

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Profile:

Position:  Power Forward

Size:  6-foot-7 210 pounds

High School and AAU:  Hudson Catholic High School and New Jersey Playaz

Recruit rankings:

ESPN 63rd ranked recruit and 16th ranked PF

Rivals.com’s 88th ranked recruit and 16th ranked PF

Scout.com’s 27th ranked PF

247Sports 88th ranked player and 17th ranked PF

Strengths:

Peruse the media/recruiting sites online and you will find that Reggie Cameron is a consensus top-5 shooter in the 2013 class. Cameron also has some decent size to go along with his shooting prowess making him a seemingly ideal fit for Georgetown. The Hoyas offense, as we all know, is a modified version of the Princeton style predicated on high ball screens, back door cuts, and shooters who can stretch a defense. He has also shown the ability to attack the basket when defenders become a bit over zealous on close outs. Cameron won’t step in and be Otto Porter his freshman season, but he will be an effective weapon that will give defenses fits.

“Cameron is a pure shooter with a super smooth stroke. He has the confidence and mentality of a big time shot maker as he consistently looks for his shot throughout the game.” – ESPN

“He has the ability to stretch the defense, and he’s a better rebounder than people give him credit for. I don’t think that his dribble game or his ability to create shots is poor. I just think there’s a large gap between his shooting ability and that and people think that’s a weakness of his. That’s because he’s one of the top five shooters in the country.” – Jimmy Salmon, Cameron’s AAU coach

“Cameron is highly skilled and an exceptional shooter. He has averaged athleticism but has the potential to become a strong, physical sharpshooting forward.” – 247Sports

Weaknesses:

Cameron is a soon-to-be Division 1 athlete who will be playing for a historic basketball program. So to say that he needs to improve his athleticism seems a bit outlandish. What Cameron needs to improve is his mobility. It has been noted that his speed/quickness is a bit slower than desired. Given Cameron’s style of play, this could be detriment to his overall effectiveness at the collegiate level. His size gives him the ability to shoot over defenders, which he has shown the willingness to do, but if he can’t separate himself from defenders and get open for his teammates – that is a problem. And on defense, he will likely be relied upon to play down low and on the perimeter. His size (height and weight) is not ideal for banging down low and he could be slow on closing out on shooters – making him a suspect defender. However, speed/agility/conditioning are all aspects that can be easily improved upon with some hard work. After a summer with JTIII, these concerns may be nonexistent come November.

How he will fit in:

Greg Whittington and Nate Lubick will start at the two forward spots given their talent and experience level. With that, Cameron, Stephen Domingo and Aaron Bowen will be reserves. Bowen and Domingo were used in limited roles last year, something that should change, especially for Domingo. Domingo is a fellow top 100 recruit per ESPN who reclassified late for the 2012 class and barely found the floor last season. It seems appropriate that he will at least be given the chance to make some sort of leap this year with the departure of Porter. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean Cameron should expect that sort of treatment as a freshman. Clearly, Domingo didn’t show enough last year to warrant significant playing time and that handling could potentially carryover into this season – opening the door for Cameron. However, if Cameron’s sharpshooting ways transition to the college game immediately, it will be tough for JTIII to keep him off the floor, struggling teammates or not.

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