Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader

Chris Vernuccio


In the four games Cameron had played, prior to speaking with the Leader last week, the 25-year-old collected 25 points, 14 rebounds and two assists from around 80 minutes court time.

Cameron, who was raised in Montmorency, said they were figures he could build on as the season progressed.

“The first two games (Round 1) I was happy with how I played,” Cameron said.
“The Gold Coast game (Round 2) I wasn’t very happy with how I shot the ball.
(Against Townsville in Round 3) it was my first day on court for four days.  I actually had a stomach virus.  Again, I didn’t shoot well but I thought I played pretty well for the minutes I got.”

“The coach (Gordon McLeod) is pretty happy with how I’m going.  It’s always good to score points. It would be great for me to pick up my shooting percentage.  All-in-all, I’m pretty happy with how I’m going.”

Cameron was signed up by the Slingers after just one season with Kilsyth.  His season averages of 19.7 points and 7.2 rebounds were enough to impress talent scouts.
Cameron, who had previously spent four years at the University of Louisiana, believes his time at Kilsyth enhanced his prospects of landing an NBL contract.

“We had a good season at Kilsyth and, personally, I played well enough to get a (NBL) job. I was hoping it (NBL contract) wasn’t unexpected but there’s always a little bit of doubt there,” Cameron said.

“Personally, I think I’m doing OK (with Singapore).

“It’s not unreachable for players.  If you can be competitive and be a good player in the ABA you’re a chance of making it in the NBL.”

Cameron said he had adjusted well to the Singapore lifestyle and is starting to adapt to the mid-30 degree temperatures and high humidity.

Although Cameron had only committed to a one-year deal with the Slingers, he is keen to prolong his NBL adventure for many seasons to come.