The decision for Cam Reddish to enter the 2019 NBA draft let us know two things. First, he is likely to be a Top 5 pick. More importantly, Reddish was going into the NBA draft no matter what happened this season. He just happened to be overshadowed by fellow teammates Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett.
Reddish left a message via Instagram on Thursday-
“This season was epic, and I am so thankful to have had Duke as a part of the foundation that prepared me to play at the next level. Never forget – I am a Blue Devil for life. Proud to announce that I will be entering the 2019 NBA Draft.“
Despite the bad vibes around Reddish’s absence in the Sweet 16 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies, he had plenty of good moments for the Blue Devils. However, many of them happened early in the season. Still, Reddish was a big reason why the Blue Devils made it to the Sweet 16 in the first place. Remember, he was the player that connected on a 3-pointer to turn a four-point deficit into a one point game against the UCF Knights. Seconds before, the Knights seemed like they were ready to take a six point lead and finish the Blue Devils in the second round. However, a botched alley-oop set up the Reddish bomb in transition.
Those are the type of shots an NBA organization will be looking for in the near future. Interestingly enough, Reddish is the most laid back of the freshman class. His game also mirrored that lack of ferocity at times. Yet, the patience and calmness also helped Reddish hit a game-winning against the Florida State Seminoles at the buzzer.
When Reddish tried to do too much, he got into some trouble. For example, Reddish decided to take the ball to the hoop on numerous occasions late in the season. This resulted in a number of offensive fouls. As a result, Reddish committed at least four personal fouls in 4 of the last 10 games. His only foul against the Michigan State Spartans was a charge as well.
Reddish attempted to prove he was more than a shooter. However, that incentive led to some struggles. He averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Reddish had eight games with 20 points or more. He scored career high of 27 points against the North Carolina Tar Heels. In fact, Reddish averaged 25 points against the Tar Heels without Williamson in the lineup. Unfortunately, Reddish only scored six points when Williamson returned in their only win over the Tar Heels. In all, Reddish finished 13 games with single digit points.
Currently, Reddish is listed at 6’8 218 pounds. It will be interesting to see if he measures a little bit taller. He looks like the ultimate small forward. Yet, dynamic lottery picks should not shoot 35 percent from the field in college. Moreover, Reddish shot 33 percent from the 3-point line this season.
He would have had a real opportunity to blossom during his sophomore season at Duke. Now, he’s taking a gamble on what NBA teams will see in him. Reddish is supposed to be more than a “3 and D” guy. He has the tools to be one of the best players in the NBA. Yet, if they don’t develop his skills, the NBA will just make the former No. 2 high school player stand in the corner for possible catch and shoot opportunities.