Patience Continues to Pay Off for Cam Healy
“He just got in the zone,” University at Albany men’s basketball coach Will Brown said when describing his freshman guard Cameron Healy’s 31-point performance versus Binghamton on February 2.
“When shooters get in the zone, the basket looks bigger and bigger and they think every shots going to go in.”
Healy was born in Australia and came over at a young age to pursue a high school prep and eventually college basketball career in the United States. Growing up he always looked at his two older brothers, and his father Mike for inspiration in life.
Growing up, he saw some of the NBA’s greatest stars like Steve Nash, Lebron James, and Steph Curry as role models growing up.
Cam attended Montverde Academy in Florida, spending most of his junior and senior seasons on the bench. Healy did not get much recognition from colleges, until he started playing AAU ball. It was just prior to his senior year of high school, playing AAU out in Milwaukee when he received a scholarship offer from UAlbany head coach Will Brown and the Great Danes.
“There was a lot of hard work there. But, I obviously didn’t play a lot too so, I learned to change my game and become more of a shooter,” Healy says.
Healy was redshirted last season and spent most of his time watching and learning from the older guys that were already apart of the program. After watching for almost a full season, his role changed drastically in 2019.
“There’s a lot more weight on my shoulders now, than last year being a redshirt. You know, it’s just a lot more responsibility but, as the season goes on… you’ve just got to pick it up on the fly,” Healy says. And that is just what he did.
This past Saturday, in a conference matchup with Binghamton, Healy scored 31 points in a Great Danes victory while also tying a school record with nine three pointers in the contest. There is no hiding the fact that Healy can shoot with the best of them, but it is has been his play in all aspects of the game that has gotten people’s attention.
“He has really evolved as a player these past couple of months,” Brown said. “He went from being a shooter when we first got him, to more of a scorer that can put the ball on the floor.”
Healy’s production on the court has helped UAlbany win 3 of their last 4 games but, it is also his character that attributes to the success of the team.
“He’s really a free spirit, fun to be around, and fun to coach,” Brown says. This kind of attitude and behavior is contagious on a young team.
Not only has he been scoring the ball impressively, Cam has improved as a defender and rebounder as well, also hauling in 10 rebounds in the win over Binghamton. Cameron will continue to stay humble and play his game.
When asked about when we will see TEN threes in a game, Cam replied with a laugh, “I think hopefully we’ll see ten, I think I’ve got like a hundred games left or something. So fingers crossed.”