Posted On: 10/24/17 1:13 PM
Colonel Crawford is in good hands over the next three seasons, as they have a 6’0” sophomore in Cameron McCreary (2020) that possesses rare leadership qualities.
“I think [my biggest strength is] leading the team throughout and just being a coach on the floor — a floor general,” McCreary said.
With a full year already under his belt as the starting point guard and team captain for Colonel Crawford, McCreary is ready to take another step forward this season.
“Lifting weights is a big part of what I’ve been doing. Trying to get stronger, bigger, faster, just because the game is evolving so much … I’ve just been in the gym, working on my game trying to get better,” McCreary said.
McCreary is also working a lot on his jump shot, which is already pretty ahead of the curve.
“I’ve really been working on my shot … I’m really good off the ball-screens, I think in my opinion. But I think, as the game goes on and as the years go on I really need to improve my shooting and my range,” McCreary said.
McCreary, the #19 prospect in our sophomore class rankings, jumped onto our radar in a big way during the grassroots season with the Mid Ohio Pumas Elite 2020.
“This year, it really turned into I’m a leader and I have to be the point guard. I think it really helped, from my high school team to my AAU team, it really contributed. Because I could just step right into that spot and become the leader on that [Pumas] team,” McCreary said.
McCreary especially impressed us with his maturity in both the pick-and-roll and in the primary fast-break. He pretty much always looks to advance the ball to a wing via the pass. McCreary also keeps his head up when coming off a picks in the half-court, where he’s a playmaker too. The kid doesn’t over-dribble.
McCreary is early in the recruiting process but he’s already starting to feel out a couple in-state programs.
“I went with a couple of my buddies — I went with Jake [Younkin], Jack Pugh, Chris Mayfield, Zach Loveday, and Grant Whisman — we went to Dayton last Sunday for an unofficial visit. And we’ve had all other kind of setups, looking to go, I don’t know the dates for sure, but we have all kind of schools talking to us,” McCreary said.
He came away from Dayton enthusiastic about their strength program.
“It really gave me an idea of what I need to do. We went and talked to their strength and conditioning coach too, and he talked to us is a big part of what we need to do is learn the fundamentals. The fundamentals instead of just going in and lifting big weights,” McCreary said.
McCreary and the Pumas also got a chance to watch the Flyers practice.
He’s remaining busy this week with a visit to Ashland, who has been watching McCreary since last season.
“I have another visit this Friday to Ashland … We had a 6’11” kid on our team, Heath Starkey, last year, he went to Ashland. They came to lots of our game, high school, and they talk to our coach and they really talk to me a lot too. They’ve been the first school to really start talking to me,” McCreary said.
It will be interesting to see where McCreary ends up, whether it be high-Division II or Division I. As he continues to extend in his range and add muscle, his recruitment could continue rising, as he already possesses a lot of intangibles and skills that programs look for in a point guard.
McCreary currently carries a 3.7 GPA.