Local NBA Prospect Could Get Call To War

By Mike Max, WCCO-TV  

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Timberwolves looked privately at a group of potential draft prospects Sunday night.

One player that got a look played at Minnesota State University-Mankato. But he really doesn’t know his basketball future because someone else controls his future.

Cameron Hodges celebrated quite a spring, leading his Mankato State Mavericks to the Division II national title game.

“I’m just staying in shape, working on my game every day, finishing up my degree and stuff. I’ve got a little bit of summer school left and I’ll be done,” Hodges said.

Hodges is also impressing the scouts enough to get a look from the Timberwolves. The Wolves seemed impressed but still have some background checks to do.

“He’s very athletic on defense. He plays hard. He’s a tough kid, I like the way he plays,” said Tony Ronzone, the team’s assistant general manager of player personnel.

If Hodges has any opportunities to play basketball professionally, it would be overseas. Ironically, he could end up overseas anyway even if he doesn’t play basketball. He could end up fighting in the war.

“Right now I’m an active reservist so I’m delayed until 2012. When 2012 hits, they could call me back. You just kind of play it by ear,” Hodges said.

Hodges has also been on reserve of a different kind, waiting for a phone call that could take him to another land.

He spends his time for now working out on the basketball court, knowing he could end up on a different team in a different game altogether.

“I got delayed to serve a tour in Afghanistan too, so if they need soldiers they’ll call me up. And if they call me up, then I’ll have to go I guess,” Hodges said.

  • T-Bone

    Of course you have to go, that was the deal. You get free school and in return you serve your country for X amount of years. I appreciate vets but this generation is a bunch of whiners. Poor baby might have fulfill his end of a deal, how unfair. Let’s start a news story and see if we can get this little baby off the hook. Man up, grab a gun and quit whinning. Grab your nuk, diaper, skirt and get to work. Or maybe someone else who can’t play div 3 basketball should go?

    • Cterri

      Whats he whinning about? He said he was ready to go if he gets called up. T-Bone your an idiot!

    • Jerry

      T-Bone steak person, why don’t you be the one going to war since you’re so patriotic. You should be drafted. hahahaha

  • JV

    I’m with you Cterri. T-bone is an idiot. Sounds like you’re whining about something you know nothing about.

  • G23

    Did you serve T-Bone? By the way you write, I highly doubt it. Go ahead and say something like you did AFTER you do a tour. Until then keep it to yourself. Also, we dont use “guns” in the military. That gave you away immediately.

  • T-Bone

    Nope never served. I have the student loans to prove it. That my point, this guys says ” if they call I’ll go, I GUESS”.. What do you mean you guess? These generation me whiners want all the benifs of the military then want to backout as soon as the going gets tough I GUESS . I appreciate vets, especially the ones who do their Job out of a sense of duty. And theidiots who say don’t criticize us until you do a tour miss the point. You Voluntered for service, quit complaining. Or maybe all who join are Heros and should coddled and Told you don’t have to hold up your end of any agreement . The military was a choice, quit mocking those who chose not to join.

  • JV

    T-Bone – Hodges never said “If they call I’ll go, I GUESS”. Get your facts straight. He said, “If they call, I’ll go and SERVE”. You obviously have some hostility towards the young men who serve. You should find yourself a hobby. One that doesn’t judge or discriminate.

  • Bert

    JV – here’s is Hodges quote: “I got delayed to serve a tour in Afghanistan too, so if they need soldiers they’ll call me up. And if they call me up, then I’ll have to go I guess,” Hodges said.

    T-Bone was right.

    • JV

      Bert – The printed article is a misprint of the interview/quote. While I admire you trying to call out a mistake, there was none. I defend the facts. I was right. T-bone was wrong. In more ways than one.

  • TIM B

    T-bone yes u are an idiot.

  • Mav00

    Hodges said if they need soldiers then they will call em up he never said they will call me up…then Max asked him if he’s ready for that and hodges said yes. He was obviously miss quoted. Watch the clip then read the interview..it’s two differnt things.

  • furbie

    I’m really curious how you could be so cynical from watching this video. Most people are able to see what kind of man he is from it. He plays outstanding basketball, is “doing his job out of a sense of duty” and is moving forward with his dream. It’s unfortunate that some people bring so much animosity, but Hodges is a stand up man. Unlike some people who only have nerve to spread negativity through a keyboard.

    Move along please.

  • MRH

    Cameron is actually my brother he has come a long way in life and has faced many challenges, none of which any of you could understand, he joined the military like many others did who had no idea what to do in life. he is a peaceful person and does not believe in fighting for lies and mislead prophecies. i will say this he joined the national guard, they are supposed to stay on home soil and that is all i have to say!

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