College men's basketball

Allaire to take hardwood talents to Maine Maritime Academy

At 6 feet 7 inches, Panther always the center of attention on court
By Staff | Mar 03, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley senior Cameron Allaire.

Castine — Cameron Allaire has made a career of being the center of attention for the Medomak Valley boys basketball team the past four seasons.

Now, Allaire will look to make the jump to the collegiate hoop ranks as he officially has declared his intent to play his future court games for Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.

The 6-foot 7-inch Allaire, who was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Association first-team all-conference selection and led the Panthers to an undefeated regular season in 2016-17, averaged 17.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists as a senior.

Allaire, who plans to major in marine engineering operations, said MMA was the top school on his list, through others had recruited him as well.

“I’ve always known that is where I wanted to go,” he said. “As soon as I got accepted there I never even bothered to apply to another school. I applied early decision to MMA, I’m happy with that and it’s just awesome for me.”

“He’s made an excellent choice,” said Medomak Valley coach Nick DePatsy. “It’s a line of work I can see him doing for the rest of the life. It’ll be a good educational experience for him and a good fit for him to play basketball.”

DePatsy’s son, Nicholas, also plays at MMA and recently wrapped his freshman campaign. The 6-3 freshman guard averaged 10 points for the Mariners in his first season and said, “It’s a great opportunity for Cam and it will be good to see a familiar face in the post for these next three years.”

Allaire, who also is a Mr. Maine Basketball semifinalist, said his family also is excited to watch him make the leap to the collegiate ranks, but he also aspires to be a well-rounded student-athlete.

“I’m excited to play basketball at Castine, but college basketball isn’t everything," Allaire said. "I’m really going for the education too. It’ll be perfect that I’ll be able to play for a great basketball team with great people and a great organization and be able to get a good education.”

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