Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Duke continued its recruiting roll by landing a pledge from Cameron Reddish, the No. 2 player in the 2018 ESPN 100.
The 6-foot-7 guard/forward from Westtown (PA) School and Team Final also considered Kentucky, Villanova, UCLA and UConn.
Reddish averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for the USA U19 team that finished third at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt while playing for Kentucky coach John Calipari.
“To me, basketball is about what you do when no one’s watching,” Reddish wrote on the Players’ Tribune. “The way I see it, I’m not a prospect. I’m a work in progress. There’s always more to learn.
“And that’s why I’m going somewhere that I can be challenged as a leader, challenged as a student, challenged to grow up, on and off the court.
“That’s why I’ll be attending Duke University.”
Reddish is a truly special player, as both of his coaches indicated to ZAGSBLOG.
“Cam is the most complete player I’ve ever seen,” Westtown coach Seth Berger said. “He has a chance to be one of the best to ever play the game.”
Said Team Final coach Aaron Burt: “Cam is the full package. he has a chance to be one of the best ever to play this game if he focuses on the important details of the game and competes. He’s going to school with great tradition that will only allow him to compete. He is a work in progress with a whole lot of talent.”
Reddish has been linked to several other Duke commits and targets, including guards Tre Jones, who has already committed to Duke, and Darius Garland, with Garland saying at the Peach Jam that he and Reddish might take some of the same official visits.
As for ending up at the same school as Garland or Jones or 6-foot-11 Marvin Bagley III, who has already enrolled for 2017 and is in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in 2018, Reddish said: “It’s a possibility. At the end of the day I have to do what’s best for me. I will make my decision off of what I feel like I need, not anybody else.”
Duke also remains in the mix for Canadian guard R.J. Barrett of Montverde (FL) Academy, who is in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
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 whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.