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Cam Reddish is redefining positionless basketball

A 6-7 point guard that can play center? Sounds like John Calipari’s dream player.

Positionless basketball. That is one of John Calipari’s new favorite catchphrases, as he is looking for players that can do it all for his team. Guys that can handle the ball well enough to play the point, pass the ball with speed and accuracy, and with the strength to handle themselves in the paint.

Throughout history, you think about guys like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and LeBron James. Based on what he is doing for Team USA right now, we may someday add Cameron Reddish to that list.

Kevin Knox, P.J. Washington, and Jarred Vanderbilt may play multiple positions for the Wildcats next season, but Reddish may take the word “positionless” to a whole new level.

Reddish averaged 22.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals during the Nike spring league season, and that is where he first made the transition to the point guard position. Currently with the Team USA U19 squad, he starts at the point but is also seen as a viable option down low with his 7’1” wingspan.

Later this month, Reddish is slated to name the top 6 schools in his recruitment. But like most top players, many believe it will come down to Duke and Kentucky. Thankfully, Coach Cal is getting some extra one-on-one time with his fellow Pennsylvania native.

“I love playing for John,’’ Reddish told Blue Star Media. “He pushes you to the limit. He makes you do everything, go hard. He told me he wanted me on the ball more, coming off screens and stuff; that’s how I knew he wanted me to show my versatility more.”

Reddish attributes his versatility to the rapid growth spurt he experienced from his freshman to junior seasons. During that time, he grew 4 inches and gained a whopping 43 pounds. And he still has another year of high school to grow.

He is currently listed as the #3 recruit in next year’s recruiting class according to ESPN, but you would have to think he would be on the top of Calipari’s list.

Considering his rare talent and virtually unprecedented versatility, Reddish only needs one more thing (in addition to committing to play at Kentucky): a nickname. Do you have any ideas?

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