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Blanche Ely star guard Dallas Cameron to attend Stephen F. Austin

 

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Blanche Ely star guard Dallas Cameron has signed a letter of intent to attend Stephen F. Austin University following a decommitment to American University.

A coaching shake-up at American led to the all-state first-team selection re-opening his recruitment to a top three that included Appalachian State and Cleveland State.

Cameron said new Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood sealed the decision with his stated plan to make Cameron a cornerstone player.

“I’m going to be successful wherever I go,” the 6-3 standout said. “All I can say is Cleveland State missed out on their own blessings. That will give me motivation to get a chip on my shoulder and prove everybody wrong. Coach Underwood wants me to come in as a point guard and run the show, and show the same winning qualities I had with Ely. I’m not going to college to be just another player. I’m going there to be a standout player and make it to the [NBA]. Anything else will be a failure.”

Landing the defensive-minded Cameron – nicknamed “The Locksmith” by Ely five-time state champion coach Melvin Randall – is considered a huge catch for the Lumberjacks.

Cameron averaged 10.8 points and 6.4 assists this past season, but it was his unique ability to change a game defensively that launched Ely (27-2, ESPN 25 power Rankings No. 9) to its second consecutive Class 7A state title and berth in the National High School Invitational.

Cameron burnished his reputation as a lock-down perimeter defender and picked up his offensive game during the playoffs.

In an 85-79 double-overtime victory against Palm Beach Lakes, Cameron scored 20 points and followed that with 17 points against Bartow in the state semifinals and 14 points against Orlando Evans in the state championship game to earn Tournament MVP.

Cameron finished his career as the Tigers’ all-time leader in wins (100-12).

Stephen F. Austin is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, approximately 140 miles northeast of Houston.

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