ELCA outfielder Dazmon Cameron will play in an all-star game on Aug. 16 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Jeff Hurndon Photography)
MCDONOUGH — As if the accolades hadn’t already been pouring in fast and furiously, Eagle’s Landing Christian’s Dazmon Cameron is getting yet another.
But this one is more like an encore presentation.
The junior outfielder has been selected to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game that will be played on Aug. 16 at Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field.
As prestigious as it is, the recognition is nothing new for the ELCA standout. Cameron was picked to play in last year’s game, and is one of two players chosen to make a return appearance to the game.
Cameron helped lead ELCA to a Class A title and returns with a star-studded cast of performers, including pitcher Dalton Etheridge, that should make the Chargers a contender for this season’s title.
Regarded as potentially the No. 1 pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, Cameron said he’s excited to be a part of a prestigious cast of high school baseball players again, but he’s also taking this and all other forms of recognition with a grain of salt.
“It’s all humbling, you know,” Cameron said. “I just work hard, and I’m honored to play in this game. It’s a great honor. But I always stay humble. That’s what my father told me. I don’t live up to the hype. I’m just an amateur baseball player. And if the time comes for me to concentrate on those other things, then it will come.”
Cameron’s humility isn’t stopping others, however, from boasting about his accomplishments on the baseball field.
“Dazmon’s combination of talent, both in the field and at the plate, impressed scouts in Chicago last year, and will continue to do so in 2014,” said Steve Bernhardt, Chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Committee in a statement. “We are excited to have Dazmon back out to Wrigley this summer and look forward to seeing his performance under the lights.”
The Under Armour game is the culmination of a four-day celebration of baseball, which includes a formal workout for Major League Baseball scouts, and a homerun derby. The game is in its sixth year, and during that time 151 of the 171 draft eligible players selected to the game have been chosen in the MLB amateur draft. Of those 151, 42 have been first round picks.
Cameron was selected as the Henry Daily Herald’s Player of the Year last season after leading ELCA to a state title, which included a 30-3 record. The junior batted .434 with just nine strikeouts, and a team leading 49 runs. He also registered 28 RBIs and knocked seven homeruns.
Cameron and ELCA begin the 2014 campaign Friday with a home game against Redan. Cameron said he feels that his improved approach to the game’s cerebral aspect is going to help him become a better player, and ELCA a better team.
“Mentally, I’ve gotten better,” he said. I pretty much take the same approach I always have before taking the field. Be prepared for the game. I feel like even though we’ve lost some big hitters from last year, we’ve got a little more pitching. I feel confident in what we’re going to be able to do.”