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5-Star SF Cameron Reddish Says Playing For John Calipari With FIBA U19 Team "Has Definitely Helped Him"

Shocking news: John Calipari is making a good impression on a coveted five-star recruit.

Calipari landed the gig as head coach of the FIBA U19 World Cup team, giving him serious access to four big time recruits.

Three of those players already had a ton of interest in playing for Coach Cal: five-star guards Romeo Langford and Immanuel Quickley, and five-star forward Louis King.

The fourth, five-star forward Cameron Reddish, is thought by many to be a Duke lean, but Kentucky could be on the rise after his experience playing for Calipari in Egypt.

He spoke to SEC Country about the impact that playing for Coach Cal has had:

“I’m getting to know him,” Reddish told SEC Country by phone from Egypt, ahead of the United States’ semifinal game against Canada, “so it has definitely helped him.”

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“He hasn’t really mentioned anything about Kentucky,” the player said. “He’s just trying to help me and help the team win. It’s been really fun. Everybody’s just going out and playing super hard — and playing for each other. Any of us could go out there and get 20, 30 points, but it’s a lot of fun seeing everybody play hard for each other.”

That certainly sounds like somehow embracing Cal's model of packing his roster with as many superstars as possible and having them buy in.

It also doesn't hurt that two current Kentucky players—Hamidou Diallo and P.J. Washington—are leaders on the team.

“They’re really good leaders,” Reddish said. “They help everybody on our team. They set an example. They both play hard, give 110 percent every play, and a lot of guys follow after them.”

247Sports' crystal ball still has Duke as a heavy favorite, but where the Blue Devils had all 13 votes a few weeks ago, Kentucky has flipped one of those experts. In the interview, Reddish also said that Duke is "absolutely not" his leader, and that he is wide open.

Reddish also holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Kansas, Miami, Penn State, Syracuse, USC, and others.

[SEC Country]