5-star Taeshon Cherry has high opinion of Oregon's Dana Altman

Taeshon Cherry is a 5-star forward from St. Augustine High School in San Diego and watching the video it reminds some of a young Maurice Lucas. Cherry has the physical size and mobility to make him a tough hombre to deal with underneath. He can also step beyond the 3-point line and fill the hoop. Cherry spoke to Scout.com's Josh Gershon about his current top-5, including Oregon. Cherry had some very complimentary things to say about the Ducks and coach Dana Altman.

Taeshon Cherry has long been one of the West Coast’s top 2018 prospects and this spring he has lived up to his stock as Scout’s 23rd ranked player in the class.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound hybrid forward from San Diego St. Augustine has been impressive as the Oakland Soldiers’ go-to player on the Nike EYBL circuit, using his ability to face up be a mismatch on the perimeter, while he can also score on the block, plays hard, rebounds and defends.

“I feel like I’m playing well on offense and defense,” Cherry said. “My shooting and range have expanded. I’m shooting well and I’m rebounding a lot.”

The five-star prospect listed five schools that he’s hearing the most from right now.

Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State, Texas A&M and Gonzaga are the main ones,” Cherry said, before breaking down what he likes about each of them.


Arizona: “Sean Miller and I have built a great relationship over the last few years. He’s been recruiting me since I was in 9th grade so I know him really well. He’s a great coach and it’s a great program.”

Oregon: “Coach Dana Altman made the Final Four this year. He’s a great coach and obviously they had a great team. I like their style of play.”

San Diego State: “Coach (Brian) Dutcher just got the job and we have a great relationship. He learned from coach (Steve) Fisher and I think that’s going to help him in the long run.”

Texas A&M: "Coach (Billy) Kennedy is a great coach and has been on me since 8th grade. Coach (Amir) Abdur-Rahim is a great guy too. I like how they get up and down.”

Gonzaga: “Coach (Mark) Few went to the national championship so obviously he’s doing something right. I like the way he plays his wings and stretch fours so I think I could fit in there really well.”

Arizona and Oregon recently landed commitments from power forwards Shareef O'Neal and Miles Norris, respectively, which could impact Cherry’s recruitment.

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” Cherry said. “Shareef and Miles are two of my good friends so it’s going to have a big impact on where I go to.

“I’m trying to take everything into consideration. It’s mostly positive and some negative but not every school is going to be all positives.”

Cherry doesn’t plan on stretching out his recruitment too far.

“I’m not that far away,” he said. “I think I’ll end it in the fall, maybe at the end of the summer.”

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