Former Parkview standout makes D-I college hoops choice

Former Parkview standout makes D-I college hoops choice

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Former Parkview standout makes D-I college hoops choice

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Former Parkview basketball player Zach Cameron made his Division I basketball choice.

Parkview High School graduate Zach Cameron (left) announced his college basketball commitment to Kennesaw State University.

Parkview High School graduate Zach Cameron (left) announced his college basketball commitment to Kennesaw State University.

The 6-foot-9 forward who was once signed with Missouri State will head to northern Georgia to play for Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Cameron struggled with knee injuries and pneumonia throughout what he had hoped would be a powerful senior season at Parkview High School. Once signed with Missouri State University to play for Paul Lusk, Cameron de-committed to spend a year at Brewster Academy, a New Hampshire preparatory school.

“I feel more ready for college,” Cameron said Friday.

In mid-February of 2015, Cameron’s last season with the Vikings came to an early end at the advice of his doctor based on the condition of Cameron’s right knee. Cameron met with Bears coach Lusk and started the process of de-committing from the national letter of intent he signed in November 2014.

A year of preparatory school gave Cameron, who contemplated quitting basketball altogether, a new lease on the game. He said it made basketball fun again.

It also changed his game some.

“I feel like I’ve gotten more physical,” Cameron said. “I’m not scared of contact anymore, I’m not going to shy away from contact.”

Cameron worked to add more hustle, more fast breaks and more shot blocking to his game.

“I’m hustling more for offensive rebounds too, I’m really trying to work on my motor,” Cameron said.

Cameron played AAU basketball for coach Rob Yanders at Yanders Law in Springfield. In AAU and then at Brewster Academy, Cameron worked to be less of a center and more of a power forward. With the Brewster Bobcats, he worked on facing the basket and attacking.

Parkview High School graduate Zach Cameron shoots a free throw during a game in the 2015 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena.

Parkview High School graduate Zach Cameron shoots a free throw during a game in the 2015 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena.

“We ran a lot of high-low and I got the opportunity to pop to the top of the key and play from there a little bit, catch and face the basket.” Cameron said.

The Kennesaw State University campus in Kennesaw, Georgia is home to more than 33,000 students. On the basketball court, the Owls just wrapped up their first season under coach Al Skinner. The team finished 11-20 on the season.

Skinner, who previously coached at Boston College, is a two-time Big East coach of the year.

“They have a great coaching staff,” Cameron said. “He’s really trying to build something over there that I would like to be a part of.”

Cameron does not plan a redshirt season. On his official visit to Kennesaw State, Cameron said he was impressed with the facilities and with the basketball players he met.

“I played pickup with the guys and I felt comfortable and I fit in with the team,” Cameron said.

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