One of John Calipari’s top targets in the class of 2018 is headed to UK’s biggest recruiting rival.
Five-star wing Cameron Reddish, who played on Calipari’s USA Basketball U19 team earlier this summer, announced Friday that he has committed to Duke. He’s expected to make it official with the Blue Devils during the early signing period that starts Nov. 8.
Reddish, the No. 4 overall player in the Scout.com rankings, was also considering UCLA, UConn and Villanova, though his recruitment had been widely viewed as a two-team battle between Duke and Kentucky for months.
He joins No. 1-ranked point guard Tre Jones as the second member of Duke’s recruiting class.
The Blue Devils had the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2017 — according to Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN and 247Sports — and they’ve been UK’s primary competition for the country’s top high school stars in recent years.
Reddish is a player that Calipari clearly coveted.
He was the best performer of the four high school prospects named to the UK coach’s Team USA squad that competed at the FIBA World Cup in Egypt in July, averaging 10.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 19.9 minutes per game in that competition. Calipari praised Reddish’s skills repeatedly during the USA Basketball training camp in Colorado Springs and then played the 6-foot-7 Pennsylvania native at point guard in some game situations, hailing him as an example of the “positionless” player he’s been touting recently.
“Kid can play every position,” Calipari said of Reddish. “He’s skilled, and he sees it. He’s good.”
And he’ll be at Duke next season.
Kentucky still has plenty of options though.
The Wildcats are thought to be in the top tier of schools for 6-7 shooting guard R.J. Barrett, the No. 1 recruit in the 2018 class, as well as 6-6 small forward Zion Williamson, the No. 2 recruit from that group. Barrett, who is also considering Duke, is taking his official visit to Lexington this weekend.
UK also recently extended a scholarship offer to 6-6 shooting guard Keldon Johnson, and 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer told the Herald-Leader last week that the Cats should now be considered favorites in Johnson’s recruitment.
Kentucky is still waiting for its first commitment for the 2018 class.