A demanding relationship with Illinois coach Bruce Weber won't push guard Demetri McCamey into making a risky decision, the first-team all-Big Ten junior said Tuesday. The only way McCamey considers a move to professional basketball is if he's considered a first-round NBA pick.

A demanding relationship with Illinois coach Bruce Weber won't push guard Demetri McCamey into making a risky decision, the first-team all-Big Ten junior said Tuesday. The only way McCamey considers a move to professional basketball is if he's considered a first-round NBA pick.

"Some people are trying to say that I'll leave and try to go overseas just to get away from coach Weber,'' McCamey said before Illinois hosts Dayton in the NIT quarterfinals Wednesday. "Year after year, I've developed and become a better player, not just with the stats but with maturity and a team leader.

"I would rather stay in college than go overseas or try to make it as a second-rounder. I would rather keep another year of eligibility and try to win a national championship.''

Insiders and mock drafts rate McCamey no higher than a second-rounder. He's not seen on some respected mock drafts. If anything, McCamey made himself more of a prospect during next season.

Weber already had long conversations with McCamey and his mother to educate them on gaining insight into McCamey's standing with the NBA. McCamey is expected to seek analysis from the NBA advisory committee, a group of NBA player personnel and general managers who will give advice on McCamey's stock with NBA teams.

A return from the advisory committee would come within two weeks of the season's conclusion. A player must pull his name out of the draft by May 8 to retain eligibility. Because Illinois is still in school in early May, McCamey wouldn't be available for a workout, but scouts have seen him play, Weber said.

"Demetri has said the right things,'' Weber said. "A lot will depend on how he finishes and what the NBA says. We just play it from there.''

He leads the Illini by scoring 15.1 points a game and ranks second nationally with 7.0 assists per game. McCamey is interested in hearing from the NBA advisory committee.

"It's coming from GMs and scouts themselves,'' McCamey said. "They're not looking at mock drafts or anything on the Internet where some people don't have a clue of what's going on. I don't think (the NBA) plays with a kid's future. I don't think they play games like that.''

If McCamey makes the same kind of jump next season, he will be a sure prospect. But there's always the unknown, and Weber must play it safe.

The Illini have kept their eyes open for high school and junior-college point guards. Weber and assistant coach Jay Price attended the NJCAA Division II national tournament in Danville last week to watch Kaylon Williams, a sophomore at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who began his career at Evansville. There are likely others on the Illini radar.

"We have a chance to have a good team,'' Weber said. "We can't be caught in case something happens.''

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