With Villanova’s (good but not great) 2017 recruiting class set in stone after the commitments of forwards Jermaine Samuels, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and guard Collin Gillespie, it’s time to look ahead to the 2018 targets that head coach Jay Wright and his staff are currently pursuing. All of the following players have received formal scholarship offers from Villanova…
o Cameron Reddish
• Position: Small Forward
• Height/Weight: 6’8/200 lbs.
• Hometown: Norristown, PA
• High School: The Westtown School (West Chester, PA)
• ESPN60 Grade: 95 (5-Star)
• ESPN60 Nat’l Ranking: 4th
• Also Considering: Arizona, Auburn, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Syracuse, UCLA
Scouting Report (via ESPN Insider – 5/8/2017)
From a very young age, Reddish’s talent has been undeniable. With the game of a guard and the body of a big forward, he’s a true mismatch problem, who has the feel for the game and natural unselfishness to match. He’s probably smoother than he is explosive, but still a good overall athlete, with long arms. He handles the ball well and can create for others but has always had an instinct for sharing the ball and scoring within the flow of the game. He’s a developing shooter and gradually becoming a more dangerous driver as he continues to fill out his frame and grow into his body. He also has great economy of motion in route to the rim with very long strides and quick hands on the defensive end.
His unselfishness and willingness to share the ball is both one of his greatest strengths as well as one of his biggest weaknesses. For a guy of his talent, he doesn’t dominate a game quite as often as he should. Some of that is due to the fact that he’s really only beginning to learn how to create his own shot and is still an inconsistent shooter from the perimeter, but his motor doesn’t always run quite as high as it needs to either.
He’s ultra-talented, naturally unselfish and gifted with a terrific combination of size and instinctive feel. However, he’s still very young and his game just beginning to evolve. Patience is a key but long-term he’s one of the brightest prospects in the class.