Arizona Preps Q&A: Andrew Camacho

by Chris Monter | Posted on Thursday, July 8th, 2021

NBA scout and draft expert for many years, Chris Monter (Monter Draft News) has joined the Arizona Preps' staff, and traveled to Nebraska on behalf of Arizona Preps to cover the Adidas 3SSB event. Monter covered the event, and also featured the Arizona travel programs in participation - interviewing their top prospects and evaluating their play during the competition.

Andrew Camacho, a 6-foot-2 junior point guard, is following in his father’s footsteps at Peoria High School. Camacho averaged 18.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a sophomore. He scored a career-high 40 points against Glendale Cactus, as he made eight of nine three-pointers.  Camacho averaged 14.7 points and 2.5 assists per game as a freshman, leading the Panthers to a 26-4 record and the 4A State Title game, where they fell to Salpointe Catholic, 54-48 in overtime. What makes Camacho special his high IQ, not only on the court, but in the class room. He is one of the top student-athletes in the state. Camacho helped lead his Firestorm Gold 16-and-under team to the Adidas 3SSB 16-and-under semifinals in Council Bluffs, Iowa this past weekend, losing to Philadelphia based K-Low Elite, 70-60.   

Arizona Preps caught up with Camacho late Saturday night to learn more about his recruitment, AAU season and upcoming junior year. 

Arizona Preps: I know talking to your coach that you have a crazy GPA. What is it? 

Andrew Camacho: It is a 4.6 GPA. Just got to stay locked in at school. I’ve always been told that school is the most important thing, even before basketball happened. You always have to stay on that because education is long term. 

Arizona Preps: Do they have rankings in your class? 

Andrew Camacho: I am the number one of the Class of 2023 right now for Peoria High School. 

Arizona Preps: That has to make you feel pretty proud? 

Andrew Camacho: Yes. 

Arizona Preps: In addition to the class work, you are also playing basketball. To be a good student, you have to be very focused and disciplined. Is that something you try to bring to the basketball game, too? 

Andrew Camacho: Yes. Obviously, balancing the two, you have to be very disciplined. A good student in the classroom. A good student on the court. You have to learn to balance the two and carry the good things over from each. 

Arizona Preps: You are playing on a very talented program. What things are you really trying to work on to continue to improve yourself as a player? 

Andrew Camacho: Just trying to get more athletic. More explosive. Just keep learning the game every day. There is always something you can learn. Don’t ever think that you know everything. There is always something new that you can learn.   

Arizona Preps: With that great GPA, have you thought about what you would like to major in college yet? 

Andrew Camacho: I know that I want to major somewhere in the medical field, maybe as a pediatrician or a dermatologist.   

Arizona Preps: You also want to play basketball in college. What schools have you heard from? 

Andrew Camacho: Yale, Stanford and some other Ivy League schools.    

Arizona Preps: What is it going to mean to have the opportunity to play Division I basketball? 

Andrew Camacho: It would mean a lot. It would mean everything. That is a dream come true. Every solid basketball player that is their dream is to play Division I basketball and even try to take it further than that.

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