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Tuesday / May 21.
  • Cam Reddish names a final five

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    Cam Reddish, the 6-foot-7 guard/forward from the Westtown (PA) School and Team Final, is down to a final five of Duke, UCLA, Kentucky, UConn and Villanova.

    He cut Arizona, Maryland and Miami from his previous list of eight.

    Ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2018 by, 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.

    He plans to take his five official visits in the fall and target a decision sometime in “November or December-ish hopefully,” he said at the Peach Jam.

    He has been linked to several other Duke targets, including guards Darius Garland and Tre Jones, with Garland saying at the Peach Jam that he and Reddish might take some of the same official visits.

    “It’s a strong possibility,” Reddish said. “We don’t really know, honestly.”

    As for ending up at the same school as Garland or Jones or 6-foot-11 Marvin Bagley III, 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.”

    Meantime, Kentucky is a strong option at least in part because Reddish just spent about three weeks with the U19 coach led by Wildcats coach John Calipari. The USA team had four high school players, including Reddish, with many suggesting it gave Calipari a recruiting edge as three of the four hold Kentucky offers.

    Ironically, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski faced some of the same criticism when he coached the National Team and had access to high school players like Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones, Tre’s older brother. All three ended up committing to Duke and helping the team win the 2015 NCAA championship.

    Asked if the experience helped Calipari’s recruitment, Reddish said, “I mean I guess so. We got a lot closer. We got to talk a lot more about me specifically so I guess it helped him a little bit. I’m not going to say it put him over the edge, but I guess it helped.”

    He said he got a better feel for how Calipari coaches.

    “I definitely did,” he said. “He was on me a lot. He didn’t want me taking any plays off, not even a practice, so I got a good feel for him.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.

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