Cam Whitmore Looking Forward to Season

August 14, 2023

Athlete Studio

When the Houston Rockets made Cam Whitmore their 20th overall pick, all eyes were on Amen Thompson, their fourth pick. However, it was Whitmore who captured the attention of the media. The Villanova forward, fueled by the disrespect he felt, aimed to prove himself beyond winning the 2023 Summer League MVP.

In an interview with Clutchpoints, the confident 19-year-old expressed his belief in being a top player and how being selected 20th has given him a "chip on the shoulder" that pushes him to perform at his best on the court.

“This is just the start, the beginning. The start of me showcasing my talent, my abilities. I am a great pick, a top pick, and I'm here for a reason,” Whitmore passionately stated. 

He played a crucial role in the Rockets' perfect 5-0 record in the 2023 Summer League. Averaging 19.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals on 44.7 percent shooting from the field, Whitmore proved his worth.

There is no denying that the Villanova rookie will be a valuable addition to the young Houston squad. Even though Jabari Smith Jr. showcased his talent with an impressive average of 35.5 points in his two games, Whitmore's impact on the team is undeniable.

Jabari, the 2022 No. 3 pick, had the opportunity to play with both Whitmore and Thompson. He commended their athleticism, not just in terms of jumping ability but also their speed and reactions. Their defensive instincts were unteachable, making them exceptional players to have on the team.

Whitmore, aware of his areas of improvement, acknowledged his struggles in supporting his teammates and creating space for them. He revealed that his teammates had also given him similar advice but had shown faith in his skills.

As Cam Whitmore embarks on his NBA journey with the Houston Rockets, his determination and drive will undoubtedly propel him to greater heights. With his exceptional talent and the support of his teammates, Whitmore is set to make a significant impact on the court.

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