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2021 five-star Charles Bediako is down to five schools

Charles Bediako 6-11 C IMG Academy 2021

Michigan: Michigan would be an interesting choice for Bediako. Michigan has a track record of developing bigs and getting production into their junior and senior years. The tide could be turning with Juwan Howard, however, last recruiting cycle the Wolverines picked up big man Hunter Dickinson who isn’t expected to be gone anytime soon.

“They have a great coaching staff and academics, Coach Howard played the same position as me and could add to my development.”

Duke: Duke has had a lot of success with 2 big men, think Wendell Carter and Marvin Bagley. If Mark Williams' improvement continues, we can expect him to test the waters and possibly remain in the draft. This should open up minutes for Bediako, however Duke recently landed five-star big man Paolo Banchero who can play the 4 or the 5. There’s been discussion about Duke’s willingness to take a second big man with the uncertainty of this upcoming season, but the Blue Devils record with bigs is hard to ignore and should give Bediako confidence should he lean that way.

“Duke has a great program and culture; the coaching staff is great and the school itself is high on academics. They also have a one of a kind atmosphere with fans.”

Texas: Texas is a toss-up, many thought that Shaka Smart would be gone after another disappointing season, however with COVID-19 he has another shot and a great recruiting class to work with. 5-star big man Greg Brown is someone Bediako should have his eyes on as he’s expected to be a 1 and done. Texas already has a few big men on its roster and also has two forwards committed for next year, 4-star David Joplin and 3-star Keeyan Itejere. Once you factor in Will Baker, Kai Jones and Kamaka Hepa it starts getting a little foggy. 

“I like the play style and the use of bigs, Texas has had success with similar players.”

Ohio State: Former 3-star sophomore Ibrahima Diallo is the only big man on Ohio State’s roster and last season he averaged 1.3ppg on 5 minutes per game. It’s safe to say those numbers should go up this season but with the departure of senior forward Kyle Young there’s plenty of opportunity for Bediako to flourish. 

“One of my former teammates plays there, they’ve done a great job recruiting and they were one of my first offers.”

Alabama: Freshman big man Raymond Hawkins III has transferred to Long Beach State which opened up big minutes at the center spot. Nate Oats has been all over Bediako bringing in former teammates Josh Primo and Keon Ambrose. The fit here is undeniable, Alabama likes to get up and down which could play to Bediako’s strengths and let him show off his athleticism.

“They have a great coaching staff and are doing a great job with building a relationship with me, and they play at a fast pace. I Like the roster, they’ve got great guys down there, I wouldn’t mind playing with them.”

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