During the basketball season, Demps spent a lot of time watching Chris Paul. His father, Dell, is the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets. Demps still lives in San Antonio—where his father was vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs—but quickly became a Hornets fan this season.
While attending the CP3 Elite Guard Camp last weekend, Demps learned a little more about Paul’s off-the-court preparation, but has always been an admirer of the four-time all-star.
“The best thing about him is his approach to the game,” said Tre Demps. “He showed us how he breaks down film. His natural talent is known everywhere, but how he approaches the game is what makes him great.”
Demps joined a number of the best college point guards at the camp, and received personal instructions and a few tips from CP3 himself.
“I think he helped me a lot with my face-up game, showed me some tricks, and how to get your sweet spot,” said Demps. “He also helped with some simple things—nothing too broad, just little tricks that help when you’re playing.”
While Demps and Paul each have a different style of play, the future Wildcat is a fan of how Paul handles himself off the court.
“The thing I try to pick up from him is his basketball IQ and like I said before, how he prepares,” said Demps. “I think I try to pick up little things. Overall, he’s a little quicker and I’m a little taller but I try to pick up his professionalism and the little things.”
When the camp broke into three-on-three games, Demps found himself on Chris Paul’s team—joining Paul along with Bucknell point guard Cameron Ayers. They faced off against Florida’s Kenny Boynton, Louisville’s Peyton Siva, and North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall. For Demps, it was a taste of division-one competition.
“(Paul) showed me a couple things in drill work and I think most importantly, I’m a competitor, and I like to compete against the best competition that I can,” said Demps.
As soon as Demps arrives at Northwestern, he’ll find himself in the middle of a battle for playing time. The Wildcats return four starters, but the departure of Michael Thompson leaves a vacancy at point guard. Demps and fellow incoming freshman David Sobolewski, along with Jershon Cobb are each vying to be the Wildcats’ floor general.
After attending the camp, Demps is hoping to use some what he learned from Chris Paul in his own game.
“He controls the game and dictates where he gets his teammates involved and when he decides to score,” said Demps. “He’s inspired me to do that in my game.”
With the Chris Paul camp in the rear-view mirror, Demps is now looking ahead to starting his career at Northwestern. He is leaving San Antonio for Evanston this weekend, and will begin summer school classes on Monday.
After a long wait, Demps is now looking forward to starting up at Northwestern, and beginning his freshman season. Demps is hoping to make history and help the Wildcats reach new heights.
“I can’t wait,” Demps said. “This is such a humbling opportunity for me to come up there and hopefully help start history,”