When the two premier Catholic schools in San Diego County, St. Augustine and Cathedral Catholic, meet up the encounter is dubbed the Holy War. Last night the two schools met up for the basketball version of the war at Cathedral Catholic. The game was a matchup of the San Diego Union Tribune’s top team (St. Augustine) against a reeling Cathedral squad who had recently dropped three winnable games. It was also a head to head confrontation between two Aztecs recruits, the Saints Taeshon Cherry (2018) and the Dons Brandon McCoy (2017). Cherry got the better of McCoy (23 points) by leading his team to a 66-44 victory.
Cherry ended the game with a robust stat line. He finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Yesterday Cherry’s jumper was on from midrange. He went 10 for 18 from the field and repeatedly found success at the elbow and from just inside the three point line. Defensively he was aggressive from the start. He was active on the glass, ripping rebounds at a high rate and limiting McCoy to six rebounds and few second chance points.
At 6-9 Cherry is a presence on the floor and teams make it a point to try to shut him down. Through that he has persevered and has created mismatches and opportunities for his teammates.
“I think I stretch the floor and shooting the ball is my best attribute. It’s harder for teams to guard us because we can stretch the floor and for me being 6’9” is a big thing.”
Cherry is freakishly athletic, yet his game is a work in progress. While Cherry displayed a good shooting touch yesterday, he would like to work on his consistency and overall game. He knows that he wants to be ready for college and when he gets there he wants to be a factor.
“I think I need to work on everything. I have room for improvement for my whole game and for me I want to play at the highest level. So I have to be able to take criticism and work on everything.”
One of the things that stands out about Cherry is that he is a good teammate. He is supportive and a leader on the floor, both vocally and by example. Being a leader and good teammate is important for Cherry and it bodes well for him to bring those types of intangibles of his game with him to college.
“I describe my game as energetic and a leader for the younger guys on my team because I’ve been in that position before and I have to help them get through it.”
Many big name schools have offered the four-star forward and he continues to get a lot of interest. The schools that Cherry mentions as hearing from include: Arizona, California, Gonzaga, Kansas, Texas A&M, San Diego State, Southern California, and UCLA.
It seems that Cherry knows what he needs to work on and has set some lofty goals for himself. He is a high level prospect now, but if he continues improving and growing as a player his stock will only soar. The sky is the limit and he could very well end up being a star.