Recently graduated Miramar College men’s basketball player Cameron Barry has been selected as one of just two 2023 California Community College Athletic Association Scholar-Athletes. This honor is the highest bestowed on the more than 24,000 annual participants in the CCCAA. Barry will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a watch commemorating his accomplishment.
“I am beyond grateful to receive this award,” said Barry. “I know how many student athletes there are in the CCCAA, so for my hard work in the classroom and on the court to be recognized by them is extremely humbling. As an athlete we know there is always room for improvement. I will always continue to grow in my faith, basketball, and academics; but this award is a nice reminder that sometimes we can reflect on our hard work and enjoy the moment.”
In May of 2022, Barry was named the 2022 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) Student Athlete of the Year. Barry achieved a 4.0 grade point average and completed 80 units over 3 years at Miramar College. What sets Cameron apart from all the others was his completion of a bachelor’s degree the same year he completed an associate’s degree. Barry, alone, completed 30 units during the spring 2022 semester all while being named PCAC “Player of the Week” 6 times.
Barry received a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State in Business Finance. His AA degree from Miramar College was in Business. While attending two different universities at the same time, Barry managed to also carry a 3.87 GPA over the course of his San Diego State studies.
How did he do it?
“It was all about time management,” said Barry. “At San Diego State they allow you to take up to four leaves of absences, so I strategically took two of them during my Miramar basketball seasons. That is how I stayed on track. I took half my units there (SDSU) and the rest here (Miramar College) and they transferred right over.”
Barry also dazzled on the court where the Jets point guard was a two-time All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference First Team selection. He left Miramar College as the school’s second all-time leading scorer, the career three-point leader, and holding the record for most three-pointers in a game with eleven.
“Cam is such a special kid,” said Nick Gehler, athletic director and head men’s basketball coach at San Diego Miramar College. “His dedication to both his academics and athletics truly sets him apart from anyone I have ever coached.”
Barry will be honored at the 2023 CCCAA Celebration of Scholar Athlete’s luncheon on Wednesday, March 29 in Sacramento.
Barry currently plays NCAA basketball for Cal-State Dominguez Hills where he is the Toros second leading scorer at 12.7 points per game.
A feature on Barry’s accomplishments while at Miramar College and San Diego State can be found here: https://sdmiramar.edu/newsroom/2022-05-24/cameron-barry-selected-pacific-coast-athletic-conference-student-athlete-year