Camper credits Kent County, Bayside hoops amidst NBA draft declaration
Chestertown native will not hire an agent; could return to school
SALISBURY, Md- Manny Camper had a long list of accolades before he left the Eastern Shore. The Chestertown, MD native was a two-time Bayside North Player of the Year and the first male athlete ever from Kent County High School to earn a Division I scholarship.
Camper’s next big accolade could happen before this year is over, as the 6-foot, 7 inch swingman declared for the 2020 NBA draft via social media on April 3rd.
A junior at Siena College, Camper decided to not hire an agent, and would be eligible to return to school if he is not selected. “You have two years you can enter it as an undergrad,” he said. “I was a junior this year so I see no harm in entering the draft and getting feedback on where I want to be this year and if not this year hopefully next year.”
The 2017 Kent County graduate credits the basketball coaching staff at KCHS for the versatility that landed him as one of only 29 players on the Division I level to average a double-double. “You know me being the biggest guy on the team, I had to be in the post and down low sometimes. I didn’t like it at the time, but looking back at it– it definitely helped me with my versatility. Being able to guard the 1 thru the 4, and sometimes the 5 in my league. So I think Kent County helped me tremendously, and put me in the position I am today.”
The 2020 NBA draft is set to begin on June 25th, but still is surrounded with uncertainty, with the league to likely be resuming play and possibly be playing during that time. Either way, Camper says he’ll be ready. “I’m hearing some speculation that teams are starting to open up but you know i’m gonna continue to have my ears open, continuing to work so I can be ready for the opportunity.”