The No. 3 player in the class of 2018, Cameron Reddish, has decided to visit the University of Kentucky for Big Blue Madness this weekend, according to Chris Fisher at 247 Sports.
Another star from a future class confirmed to be attending the big event is 2019 wing Trendon Watford, the little brother of former Indiana Hoosiers star Christian Watford.
You probably remember Watford for his game-winning shot vs the Kentucky Wildcats in 2011-12, though the Cats got their revenge by ousting Watford and IU out of the NCAA Tournament en route to title No. 9.
Under John Calipari, Big Blue Madness has turned into a spectacle with celebrities, powerful speeches, and the beginning of basketball season excitement for members of the Big Blue Nation.
What it has also become is a showcase for potential recruits to show them what the program is about and entice them to be a part of it.
Because of that, the guest list of recruits each year is usually pretty lengthy and consists of a number of top players from multiple classes. High school seniors, juniors, and sophomores come in to check out the practice and see the program at its finest.
With an already impressive guest list, Reddish will join a group consisting of the likes of 2017 players Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Nick Richards, Trae Young, Quade Green; 2018 players Romeo Langford and Immanuel Quickley; and 2019 players Christian Brown and Ashton Hagans, many of the top high school players in America will be at Rupp Arena.
Reddish attends the Westtown School in Norristown, Pennsylvania. At 6’8 and 195 pounds, he has great length and solid athleticism to build on as he continues to prepare for the collegiate level.
At this stage, it is not easy to predict much about his recruitment, but the only three predictions on Reddish’s Crystal Ball have been in favor of Duke, though all were made in August. The top small forward in the class of 2018 holds early offers from Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, UCONN, Kansas, Syracuse, and Villanova, among others.
As for Watford, he hails from Birmingham (AL) via Mountain Brook High School. He is currently ranked as the top prospect from the state of Alabama in 2019 in addition to being the No. 7 small forward and No. 15 overall prospect by 247 Sports.
TCU, Alabama, Auburn, and Mississippi State are among the schools who’ve offered Watford, who won’t be on a college campus until the fall of 2019. That would be the senior season of Brad Calipari and possibly the final year Cal is at UK based on his recent remarks.
In other words, we’re a long way from Watford making his college decision, but it’s great to see he’s already interested in UK enough to visit for BBM. It’s never too early to host a top prospect from 2019.
Alabama currently has the only Crystal Ball pick for Watford.