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Westtown’s Reddish Poised For a Big Year


Talented three-man finally out of the shadow of last year's seniors

(Photo Left) Cameron Reddish (#22) already top performing in 2017. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Cameron Reddish has waited three years for this: the opportunity to be the main man on his high school team. It shouldn't matter that much because Reddish is already on the path to greatness. The 6-foot-8-inch three-man already has earned a basketball scholarship to Duke. He’s generally regarded as one of the three best players in the senior class, but, being on such a great high school team for the last two years, he took somewhat of a back seat. 7-foot center Mo Bamba (Texas) and Brandon Randolph (Arizona) both took much of the attention, as the Moose won its first two Pennsylvania Independent State Championships and Friends’ League titles, and helped make Westtown a nationally-ranked prep school.

Reddish tore up the Nike EYBL circuit this summer playing for Team Final. He was selected to play in numerous USA Select teams, where many pundits say he has become the best player in the country. “Yeah, I want to be the best player this year. I feel I have the skills to show that on a consistent basis. It’s all about focus. You have to be mentally and physically prepared every game to go out and do it. I think I’m ready for that next step. I had a great opportunity to play with Mo and Brandon and now I am the leader. I look forward to that role, and I have a lot of great talent with me, and coaches to help me in my senior season.”

Reddish didn’t surprise many by choosing Duke. When coach Mike Krzyzewski comes calling, stars tend to listen. “It’s just an honor to play for this man and this program," he said. “Duke has won so many championships (5 under coach K) and has a great school and environment. It’s a historic program. To play there, it’s just an honor.”

Reddish says he has worked on all of his skills. He excels at all of them: shooting, rebounding, scoring, foul shooting, three-point shooting, defense, blocked shots, passing, and ball handling. Coach Seth Berger agrees. “He can do it all and he is probably the most talented kid in the country this year,” Berger said. Berger and others have said his body is already similar to the 76ers’ Robert Covington.

Covington is a top NBA defender and three-point specialist. Reddish can play every position but center, and potentially do much more on a court in future years. “I hear about [how high regarded I am] and it’s nice, but I have to stay focused, so I improve every day,” he said. “These coaches work with me on daily basis to keep improving on every facet of my game.” In a scrimmage last week, against a team from Canada, Westtown lost by one point, but Reddish had 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists. Those should be pedestrian numbers for him this year. Reddish came to Westtown from The Haverford School three years ago, where he got varsity minutes as an eighth grader and started as a ninth-grader. He liked Haverford but has enjoyed his experience at Westtown, which is a boarding school, even though his family is local.

“It has been great. I enjoy the academics, camaraderie, friendships, and discipline and support," he said. “I really like everyone here and it has helped me grow as a person.” Now, it’s the whole high school basketball world that will have to look out as Reddish strives to be the best player in America in 2017-2018. “I’m trying to achieve my best as an individual and we want to repeat what we’ve done as a team. It will take hard work every day and focus, focus, focus. Nothing will just happen. We will be as hard-working team as anyone, and I will work hard to be the best leader and player for this team I can.”

 

Westtown’s Reddish Poised For a Big Year
Jeremy Treatman - Contributor

Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.

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