PEARLAND, Texas - The sophomore campaign of Fort Bend Bush's Cameron Ridley has become a nice resume. He's won a UIL state championship, played in big-name summer camps -- such as the Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis -- and won AAU tournaments with the Houston Hoopstars.
Ridley, a shade under 6-foot-10 and now a slim-and-trim 240 pounds (he's lost roughly 40 pounds since the end of his freshman year), has come a long way from the tall, inexperienced kid he once as. The 2012 big man now is among the top prospects of his class nationally.
TexasHoops.com Senior Writer Damon Sayles had a chance to sit down with Ridley, who has helped the Hoopstars shine during the Great American Shoot-Out in Pearland.
2 MINUTES WITH CAMERON RIDLEY
Tell us about your recent trip to St. Louis for the Nike Hoop Jamboree?
"It was good, really competitive. You got to play against good people all the time."
When did you start playing organized ball?
"I started playing seriously in the eighth grade."
So what your saying is this past season was your true breakout year?
What was it like winning state as a sophomore?
"It felt good, but it was really good knowing that I can try to go back next year."
What's your favorite part of the game?
"I like offense, but when I don't get the ball that much, I'll just go out and stop people."
What's the recruiting process been like for you?
"It's been kind of what I was expecting. Some of the coaches used to come to my school to watch me practice."
What are your expectations for your junior season?
"I've got to get better at what I do. I just want to get better at everything."