POTOMAC — There was a buzz in the air last weekend at the Bullis Holiday Classic.
The nation’s top-ranked boys’ high school basketball player was back in Maryland.
Cameron Reddish, a high school senior who plays at Westtown School in suburban Philadelphia, has already been labeled as the next Lebron James by his coach, Seth Berger.
“I don’t feel any pressure there,” said Reddish. “He’s the greatest player in the world.”
Earlier this month, Reddish, a Duke recruit, dropped 53 points against Georgetown Prep in the National Hoopfest at DeMatha.
The 6-foot-8 forward showcased his skills last weekend in the Bullis Holiday Classic, scoring 35 points in Westtown’s 78-57 victory over Mercersburg Academy on Saturday.
A contingent of family members was on hand to watch Reddish including his parents, Robert and Zanthia, brother, Aaron, cousin, Quateh Easley, and aunt, Tracey Ray.
Former Duke All-American and Washington Bullets power forward Mark Alarie was also in attendance and had a chance to watch the future Blue Devil up close. He described Reddish as “super athletic.”
“It shocked me how athletic he was at his size,” said Alarie. “I didn’t realize he was 6-9, 6-10 and was as fast as he was and strong. He looks like a man among boys.”
Reddish scored in a variety of ways including finger roll layups, alley-oop slam dunks, and 3-pointers. On defense, Reddish was a beast as well, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds.
On Sunday, Reddish scored 33 points in Westtown’s 67-66 win over Bullis in the consolation game. He was named to the All-Tournament team.
“I think Cam is the best high school player I’ve seen live,” said Berger, a Philadelphia 76ers fan. “I didn’t see Lebron live. He’s the most complete player.”
A Pennsylvania native, Reddish, who boasts more than 38,000 Instagram followers, is also a Philadelphia 76ers fan and would relish the opportunity to one day play for his hometown team.
“It would be fantastic,” he said. “I love the arena. I love the fans. It’s a fantastic atmosphere to be in. The Sixers are great.”
Over the years, Westtown has produced a handful of elite-level players including Georgios Papagiannis, Daniel Ochefu, Mohamed Bamba and Brandon Randolph. Jake Forrester, a 6-foot-8 senior power forward, has already signed with Indiana.
Meanwhile, Reddish is expected to be a one-and-done at Duke, following in the footsteps of former Blue Devils turned NBA draft lottery picks Jabari Parker, Justise Winslow, Brandon Ingram and Jayson Tatum.
“He has all the physical tools, and his skill level is Lebronesque at similar ages,” said Alarie, “but it will all come down to how hard does he want to work, how much of a leader does he want to be on the court and hopefully Coach K will be able to bring those things out, but he’s a phenomenal talent.”
However, Reddish is not fazed one bit by the Lebron James comparisons.
“I’m just going to continue to work to reach his greatness,” he said.