The move will allow the All-Big Ten point guard to find out where he stands with NBA teams. By not hiring an agent, he will maintain his amateur standing.
Illini coach Bruce Weber helped McCamey make the decision to go this route, which will enable him to be evaluated by officials of NBA teams.
``I feel now is the time for me to seriously explore my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA,'' McCamey said in a statement. ``I will continue my coursework while preparing for workouts. Coach Weber has helped me every step of the way, and I will work closely with him during this process.''
If McCamey shaped up as a first-round pick, he would likely forego his senior season. But if the consensus view that he would be a second-round selection doesn't change, he is expected to return to Illinois, where he could work on areas where the pro evaluators feel he needs to improve.
``If it's first round, you have to take it,'' McCamey told reporters at Illinois' basketball banquet Tuesday. ``If it's not, that's when the homework and [academic] things come in.''
The former Weschester St. Joseph star will have until May 8 to withdraw his name from the June 24 draft. His former prep teammate, Evan Turner, is foregoing his senior season at Ohio State and is expected to be the first or second selection in the draft.
``I'm proud of the way Demetri has handled this situation,'' Weber said. ``He has participated in all our team workouts this spring while continuing to work hard in the classroom, and has kept an open line of communication with our staff. Demetri has our full support as he goes through this process.''