On Tuesday, Scout’s 23rd ranked prospect in 2018, Taeshon Cherry, narrowed his list to eight.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound hybrid forward from San Diego St. Augustine is a versatile prospect who impacts the game with his ability to face up be a mismatch on the perimeter, while he can also score on the block, plays hard, rebounds and defends.
Cherry, who told Scout he’ll potentially decide in the late summer, broke down what he likes about each of his finalists in Arizona, Florida State, Gonzaga, Oregon, San Diego State, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.
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.”
Florida State: “Coach (Leonhard) Hamilton is like a father figure and when we talk, he talks to me about stuff outside of basketball. I’m going to take an official there in the fall and I can’t wait.”
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.”
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.”
UCLA: “Coach (Steve) Alford is a good coach, he’s been there since I was a sophomore. We’ve built a great relationship, I like the facilities and the game atmosphere.”
USC: “Coach (Andy) Enfield and coach Tony (Bland) have been recruiting me hard. They bring their whole staff when they see me and I feel good about that. They’re in the top two for me right now; that’s a big school for me.”