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Keep an Eye on Roberson High School’s Cameron Maybin


First seeing T. C. Roberson High School senior Cameron Maybin, pictured on right in middle, move through the school’s halls on the way to his next class, many people might not suspect that the tall, athletic-looking student is anything more than “just another student” looking forward to his graduation in the spring of 2005. But this student is not just another student, and probably has more to look forward to than spring graduation – Maybin might just prove himself to be one of the finest baseball players ever to come out of the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Maybin is already well along the path to attracting plenty of national attention among Major League Baseball scouts. While this outstanding athlete has happily participated in school athletics since middle school, he has also been attending “by invitation only” summer baseball camps since his freshman year.

This past summer, the senior centerfielder was named the Most Valuable Player of the prestigious week-long Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, NM. Maybin batted a shocking .616, pounding out an impressive five home runs for his team, the Midland Redskins, a team based out of Cincinnati. His batting performance stands as a record in the 45-year history of the Connie Mack World Series, a particularly impressive fete, given that he plays on the same summer team as did MLB superstars Ken Griffey, Jr. and Barry Larkin.

But the star athlete not only excels on the field – he takes his education seriously as well. Maybin is also known to be a hard worker in the classroom, taking many honors level classes and performing well in the process.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound switch hitter finished up a summer of accolades as runner-up for the title of National Player of the Year. He was also second in the home run derby at the All-American Classic. Having already been named NC Gatorade Player of the Year, as well Mountain Athletic Conference and WNC Player of the Year, Maybin’s future appears bright, very bright.

With prospects for a very high draft selection in 2005, local baseball fans and those who enjoy watching the successes of our area youth might enjoy keeping a close eye on this rising star as he works his way toward graduation – and greater things to come.



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