Taeshon Cherry Talks Final Eight, Sets Decision Timeline

Taeshon Cherry Decision Date Photo | Jacob Polacheck | D1Vision

Oakland Soldiers (EYBL) 2018 power forward Taeshon Cherry has set a timeline for his decision.

“I’m going to sign early,” Cherry said at Saturday’s EYBL event in Los Angeles. “I already know that.”

The 6-foot-10 four-star recently cut his list to Oregon, San Diego State, Texas A&M, USC, Arizona, Florida State, UCLA and Gonzaga. He provided a quick overview on each school.

Oregon: Dana Altman is a great coach. They made the final four this year. Their style of play is great. It really fits with my style.

San Diego State: Close to home, close to my family, coach (Brian) Dutcher is a great guy. We have a great relationship with each other.

Texas A&M: Coach (Amir) Abdur-Rahim and Coach (Billy) Kennedy always come down and see my all the time. They came to my house and had dinner. We just talked about life. Not just basketball. My relationship with them is the greatest out of any school I have.

USC: Coach (Andy) Enfield have been recruiting me since ninth grade. They’re big for me because their style of play is just running up and down. They get guys to the league.

Arizona: Great school. Coach (Sean) Miller and I have had a great relationship over the years. He’s a great guy. Coach (Lorenzo) Romar joining the staff is big for me because he recruited me at Washington. I have a great relationship with every coach on that staff.

Florida State: Coach (Leonard) Hamilton is a great coach. He’s like a father figure. My dad loves him because of the way he teaches me life lessons.

UCLA: They did amazing this year. They’re bringing two guys to the league, three hopefully. They’re a great school to get me to where I want to go, which is the NBA.

Gonzaga: They made the championship. Every time coach Mark Few talks to me, it’s like he’s trying to get me to where I want to get which is the NBA. He’s a great guy.

Lorenzo Romar joined Sean Miller’s staff at Arizona after being released from Washington. A move that could pay dividends for the Wildcats in Cherry’s recruitment.

“I paid attention a lot to it because Coach Romar is like a dad and a coach at the same time,” Cherry said when asked about that situation. “So, I’m getting the best of both worlds at that school because Coach Miller’s going to be tough and Coach Romar will help me get through the tough times. He’s a great coach. I love Coach Romar.”

With the recent reclassification of Emmanuel Akot and the commitment of Shareef O’Neal, Arizona cleared up a slot for Cherry while securing a commitment from one of his good friends.

“They told me about Akot reclassifying and then Shareef going there is big for me too,” said Cherry. “He’s a good friend of mine. He’s a four and I’m a three, so he can set ball screens and we can play two man ball. So, their pitch to me has been with Emmanuel reclassifying it clears up the wing for me.”

On the court, Cherry seems very upbeat about the progress of his game.

“Just honing in on the stuff that I came in on,” Cherry stated. “I’m just focusing on taking everything seriously every time I step onto the court. That’s the main thing for me.”

“I think I’ve done great,” Cherry continued. “I’ve got to thank my mom and dad for that because they’ve kept me straight and level-headed. I’m not big headed at all. I’m hungry, so I feel like I have to do better at every aspect of my game.”

Cherry has yet to take any official visits, although he has unofficially visited UCLA and Texas A&M.

“In the fall, I’m going to take my visits,” Cherry stated. “I’m going to choose five schools to take visits to. We’re just going to narrow it down soon and pick the five schools that are best for me.”

As with O’Neal and Arizona, Cherry says he pays close attention to what friends have to say to him about their school of choice.

“I’m looking at it a lot,” Cherry explained. “It seems like everyone’s recruiting me. All my friends are recruiting me too. Every time I talk to somebody, they talk about their school. So, those friendships matter when I go to school.”

Cherry is ranked number 64 overall on the 247Sports Composite 2018 class rankings. He is the 17th ranked power forward and 7th ranked player in the state of California.


This interview was conducted by D1Vision writer Jacob Polacheck.

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