Cam Reddish, Duke, SF/PF
13.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.6 spg
6’8 ft., 208 lbs., 7’0 ½ Wingspan, 8’9 ½ Standing Reach
Strengths: Versatility, Length, Ball Handling, Shooting Stroke
Weaknesses: Motor, Efficiency, Decision Making
Cam Reddish from Duke might be the most interesting prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft.
One of Duke’s “Big 3”, Cam Reddish had high expectations coming into this past college basketball season. Although he hasn’t completely lived up to the hype, his upside is still off the charts and many believe that his struggles were due to sharing the spotlight with megastars Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett.
Reddish struggled at times playing the third option at Duke, as he became a spot-up shooter and was used to space the floor. Even though he shot 35% from the field and 33% from three in his freshman year, Cam has a great shooting stroke and is expected to become a great shooter in the NBA.
When Zion Williamson went down with an injury, Cam was able to raise his level of play in a 6 game stretch where he scored 16.2 ppg, compared to his normal average 13.5 ppg, and included a career high of 27 pts. in a huge rival game against North Carolina.
Reddish was ranked as the #2 overall prospect coming out of high school by 247 sports, which is even higher than future #1 pick Zion Williamson. He’s a super athlete with all the skills to be a star in the NBA. This is a guy you just can’t pass on. If he chose to go to a different program to be featured as a number 1 option, Reddish would undoubtedly be a consensus top 5 pick.
Cam has shown to be a great defender in his one season at Duke. At 6’8 he was able to guard positions 1-4 easily in college. Reddish played at around 215 lbs. during the season, which enabled him to body with SF and PF, while also having the quickness to keep up with both guard positions as well.
The Wizards took Troy Brown Jr. from Oregon in the draft last year to replace Kelly Oubre and Otto Porter, but I believe Cam Reddish is a perfect fit for the Wizards roster. Due to the injury to John Wall, which will probably keep him out for the majority of the upcoming season, Cam would have a great opportunity to grow and show his ability as a primary option in his first season. There’s a good chance Cam will be chosen before the Wizards pick, but if he’s still there Reddish could be a potential immediate impact player on the roster.