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Canadian big man Charles Bediako has Zoom calls with Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan
By ADAM ZAGORIACharles Bediako, the 6-foot-11, 215-pound big from Andrews Osborne Academy in Ohio, continues to have Zoom calls with high-major suitors.
Bediako had a Zoom call with Alabama on Wednesday and also recently had calls with Michigan and Ohio State. He’s also had calls with Duke, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Texas, Michigan State and Tennessee.
One source said all the schools are pitching him on how they will use him and prepare him for the NBA.
Alabama recently landed a commitment from fellow Canadian Josh Primo, who attended the Basketball Without Borders event with Bediako in February.
The Tide also have a pledge from Keon Ambrose-Hylton, the 6-8 power forward who teamed with Bediako at Andrews Osborne.
Michigan, meantime, has featured several Canadians in recent years, including Nik Stauskas and current Knicks wing Iggy Brazdeikis.
As for Ohio State, which had its Zoom call with Bediako on Saturday, they continue to remain involved with several Class of 2021 prospects, and on Wednesday also had Zoom calls with Westtown (PA) School and PSA Cardinals big man Franck Kepnang and Rolling Meadows (IL) shooting guard Max Christie.
“Charles is the ideal 5 in the modern-day game because of his length and athleticism and his continually improving ability to stretch the floor,” Andrews Osborne coach Dave Briski said.
“His speed is what sets him apart from other guys at his position. Once he consistently uses it in transition and in two-man actions on the perimeter, he will be in a class of his own.”
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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.
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