Penn State was the first program to offer a scholarship to Cameron Reddish back in October 2014, and that early effort will be paid off this weekend. Per 247 Sports’ Adam Rowe, Reddish will unofficially visit State College this weekend for the Nittany Lions’ football game vs. Temple. He’ll join another top-30 prospect, Isaiah Mucius, in making the trip for a big recruiting weekend for Pat Chambers.
A one-and-done type of talent, the 6’8” Reddish’s perimeter skills has every school in the country chasing after him. Duke and Kentucky are considered the early favorites, as they are for most every elite prospect, and Reddish is certainly that. A force on the Philadelphia PAISAA high school scene for Westtown (PA) and the AAU level for Team Final, the junior-to-be was also heavily considered for the U.S. U-17 national team before a last-minute sports hernia injury cost him a spot on the prestigious roster.
Suffice it to say, this recruitment is a monumental task for Chambers and co. Though - and humor me here - there are a few factors that Penn State has going for it. First off, Reddish was once a teammate of current Nittany Lion freshman Lamar Stevens at the Haverford School back in 2015, prior to Stevens’ transfer to Roman Catholic.
Additionally, the recent quasi-trend of elite players spurning college basketball’s traditional powerhouses is nothing if not a good sign for schools like Penn State. Mississippi State recently landed a five-star guard with offers from Kansas and North Carolina; Rick Stansbury got the top center in the 2017 class, Mitchell Robinson, to commit to Western Kentucky; and Markelle Fultz - who visited Penn State last fall - will play with the expectations of being the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft at Washington this coming season.
All this to say: it’s a longshot for Penn State to get these types of players until the results show up on the court. But the groundwork is being laid, and that’s a good start in the meantime. If you'd like to indulge your fantasies for now, check out these Reddish highlights: