High-SchoolMissouri: Notre Dame

Cameron Biedscheid is making good on his childhood vow for hoops success

November, 21, 2011
CBiedscheidJohn Fedele/ESPNHSCameron Biedscheid helped lead Cardinal Ritter to a state title as a sophomore and paced the Lions in scoring last season with 29.7 points per game.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Missouri edition.

It’s no secret that kids say the darndest things. So when children dream of being the next great musician or winning more NBA championships than Michael Jordan, most parents temper these visions with a loving dose of reality.

Kim Biedscheid (pronounced beed-shide) tried this approach with her son, Cameron, but the 4-year-old wasn’t having it. So with the conviction of an evangelist and the confidence of a grizzled veteran, Cameron let his future be known.

“No joke, he told us, ‘I’m going to Notre Dame, I’m going to play in the NBA and I’m going to go to the Olympics and win a gold medal,’” Kim recalls with a laugh. “To hear it said so confidently in the voice of somebody so young, you kind of just say, ‘OK, do what you do.’”

Some 14 years later, here’s what Cameron has done:

Notre Dame? Check. Biedscheid committed to the Fighting Irish last year in the wake of a breakout sophomore campaign at Cardinal Ritter.

NBA? The senior isn’t eligible yet, but he’s on the right track, averaging 29.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals last season as a junior to earn the No. 62 ranking in the ESPNU 100.

And the Olympics? Biedscheid prepared himself for international success this summer, dropping 14.3 points per game to snag All-Tournament honors at the Nike Global Challenge in Oregon.

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