One of 2018’s top prospects on the West Coast is 6-foot-8, 205-pound San Diego St. Augustine hybrid forward Taeshon Cherry.
The sophomore likely has the size, athleticism and skill to play either forward position at the next level.
He’s a consistent three-point shooter, who can also put the ball on the ground and attack the basket, handles the ball well for his size, is an above average passer for the position, rebounds and eventually should be able to guard multiple positions.
“I think I shoot well and I can get to the rim easily,” Cherry said. “I block shots and run the floor as hard as I can. I’m working on defense but I feel like I’m getting better.”
He feels that the Aztecs are already prioritizing him.
“Coach (Steve) Fisher is a great coach but if he retires and coach (Brian) Dutcher gets the job, I like him a lot too,” Cherry said.
There’s another coaching staff which has worked hard to get to know Cherry.
“I just want to build a relationship early, have a feel for the coach and I think Cal has done a great job of that,” he said. “Coach Cuonzo (Martin) has really taken the time to know me and know my game and I feel like he likes me a lot.”
Cherry says that Pepperdine, Oklahoma State and San Diego have been by his school to see him this fall and you can expect that list to grow quickly, given Cherry’s talent and upside. UCLA also saw him last week, and the Bruins are expected to start making him a priority shortly.