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Duke, Kentucky, Villanova, UConn Working Hard for Cam Reddish
By JOSH RATTRAYINDIANAPOLIS — Maybe no player at this weekend’s EYBL Session 2 is playing his cards closer to his vest than Cameron Reddish. The 6-foot-7 combo guard standout plans on taking all of his visits, but he won’t say much about the leaders for his services.
“Nice. That’s all you’re getting out of me,” Reddish said.
How about Arizona?
Besides Kentucky and Arizona, Reddish says the schools consistently contacting him are Villanova, UConn, Duke and Syracuse among others.
He’ll tell you that they’re all “nice.”
Reddish “is hearing a lot from Villanova, Kentucky, Duke and UConn,” Team Final coach Aaron Burt said on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “He has to continue to grow as a player, but he has a terrific skillset.”
Reddish’s game was terrific on Saturday. In the morning, he put up 27 points and 10 rebounds in an 83-79 win over Pro Skills. He then went for 29 points on 9-for-13 shooting and made five 3-pointers in Saturday evening’s 65-61 win over Playground Elite.
For the day, Reddish shot 16-for-24 and scored 56 points in a pair of wins. A nice little Saturday.
That came after he struggled in Friday night’s loss to California Supreme, a team featuring 5-star 7-footer Bol Bol. He scored just six points on Friday and had his nose bloodied and didn’t play the final stretch of the game. But Saturday was much different.
“I came out today with a more aggressive mindset,” Reddish said. “I talked to my mom and dad, and they were on me hard. I wasn’t be aggressive enough, so that’s the main difference.”
His Team Final squad started the EYBL circuit with a 1-4 record, but Saturday’s wins may get the team going. Reddish put a lot of the blame on himself, but he remains optimistic for team success during the rest of the spring.
“We started slow. I wasn’t making shots, and that obviously affects the whole team,” Reddish said. “Today was one of those days I was feeling good and making shots. We still have work to do, but I think we’re doing alright.”
John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski have been front and center to see him this weekend, as have Jay Wright and Sean Miller. It’s hard not to see the coaches lining up to see Reddish and Team Final teammate Louis King, but Reddish keeps his mind on the task at hand.
“I’ve been playing my game. I see them, but I don’t pay much attention,” he claimed. “I just want to get all the wins we can. That’s the goal.”
Like Reddish, King also stepped his game up in Saturday’s two wins. King totaled 57 points on the day, including a 29-point effort against Pro Skills in the morning. Reddish feels like his combining with King has only scratched the service.
“Me and Lou work really well together. We both can do everything,” Reddish said. “Together, once we get our chemistry together, we can be scary.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.