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March 16, 2014

Central's Cambio closes like a champion

Central senior hoping Division 2 colleges were watching

WORCESTER – I can’t believe that Nick Cambio’s phone isn’t ringing off the hook.

What more do the Division 2 college coaches from all over this planet have to see from the Central big man in order to believe in him? What more can he do?

Last night, on the biggest of high school stages, with 6,000 folks packing the DCU Center, Cambio delivered another masterpiece for Central Catholic, which despite a valiant bid will have to settle for Division 1 state runner-up after a 74-70 loss to defending champ Putnam.

After a stellar three-year career, with two all-conference selections, certainly two Eagle-Tribune All-Star selections and most likely an All-Scholastic selection, Cambio remains basically unrecruited by the Division 2 colleges in the region.

We’ve heard this tune before. Kid grows up next door to college. Kid gets overlooked by local college.

“How he doesn’t have a scholarship by now, it’s just a sin,” said Raider coach Rick Nault after Cambio’s merciless assault from the baseline last night. “I’m going to hurt some feelings here, but I know the talent pretty well in the Northeast-10, and you can’t tell me he doesn’t fit in with them. It’s just a sin.”

The last time Nault spoke like this about a big man was Jimmy Zenevitch. He was last seen at Assumption, putting up nights like his 34-point, 10-rebound pounding of Merrimack last month.

Anyone here last night has to be wondering what Cambio has to do.

He is 6-foot-6 as advertised. He’s athletic, check the dunks on the highlight reel.

He’s long, has brought his game out to the arc with a soft, sweet jumper.

And most of all, if this tourney run proves anything, Cambio is an absolute gamer. In the tourney, he’s dominated everyone, not just as a scorer but as a rebounder, too.

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