NCAA Basketball: Duke, Michigan and OSU among finalists for Charles Bediako

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Charles Bediako

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Five-star NCAA Basketball center prospect Charles Bediako is down to five programs. Which of them are his best potential fits?

It’s been a busy past couple of days for the top big men in the 2021 NCAA Basketball recruiting class. On Saturday, top-25 prospect Franck Kepnang picked the Oregon Ducks, another win for head coach Dana Altman. Another one in Charles Bediako wasn’t able to make a decision yet but did update us on his process.

A few months ago, the 7’0 center announced a list of 10 programs that were In the running, including the likes of Duke, Memphis, and Michigan. It was a a group of recruiting juggernauts, making this an intriguing battle on the trail.

But now, that group has been cut it half.

Considering that there were a small group of perceived favorites, the teams who were cut aren’t a major surprise, despite who they are. Baylor, Tennessee, Memphis, Maryland, and USC are now out of the picture, leaving five programs that have been heavily pursuing Bediako. The decision by Kepnang also plays into this, since both Ohio State and Michigan were reportedly involved in that one.

Bediako is an intriguing prospect. The Canadian national is raw offensively but projects as a great individual defender, capable of blocking shots and handling screens and pick and rolls. Once he grows into his body more, look for the 7’0 center to be potentially dominant and the boards and a dunking machine. It may be too early to expect him to he a force on offense but the ceiling is high with this one.

A lot has changed involving the programs since the last cut. Here’s a closer look at Bediako’s fit with each of the finalists, as well as the odds of landing him.

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