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Duke target Cam Reddish considering making college choice in November or December

Basketball coaches watch a game during the opening night of the Nike Peach Jam at Riverview Park in North Augusta, S.C., Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
Basketball coaches watch a game during the opening night of the Nike Peach Jam at Riverview Park in North Augusta, S.C., Wednesday, July 12, 2017. AP

. Cameron Reddish will have some exciting stories to tell about his summer vacation when he gets back for his senior season at the Westtown (Pa.) School in the fall.

The 6-foot-7 Duke target has already played basketball in Italy and Egypt this summer. He averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for the USA U19 team that finished third at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo on Sunday. He then flew here this week to compete in the prestigious Nike Peach Jam. His Team Final AAU squad lost a play-in game on Wednesday, and thus ended up in the less prestigious Peach Invitational Tournament. Reddish opted to rest on Thursday instead of play in his team's games.

Still, several reporters made the trek from Peach Jam to get the latest on his summer of travel and his upcoming recruiting plans.

"It's been real hectic," Reddish said. "My flight got cancelled. I got home at like 4 in the morning [before Peach Jam], I had to wash clothes and I had to fly out there. It was crazy but we got through it."

Reddish is considering a slew of high-major Division 1 schools, including Duke, Kentucky, Villanova, Maryland, Arizona, UCLA and UConn.

He plans to cut his list to "either five or six either a week or so after this" Peach Jam.

He would then take his five official visits in the fall and target a decision sometime in "November or December-ish hopefully."

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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