He may have been the no. 3 recruit in the Class of 2018, but people are still sleeping on Duke’s Cam Reddish.
The freshman phenom may not be as flashy as R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson, but he is one of the best pure shooters Duke has had in years, and his 7’1″ wingspan makes him a matchup nightmare for opponents as well as on the defensive side of the ball.
Reddish proved as much in an exhibition win over Ferris State, scoring 20 points and getting to the line for 14 free throw attempts. He compliments the dynamism of Barrett and Williamson very well in his ability to spread the floor but also score off the dribble and attack the basket.
The combination of size and athleticism make Reddish one of the most pivotal players on Duke’s roster with respect to the ability to guard multiple positions and spell Williamson or Barrett when they need breathers. Though Mike Krzyzewski is likely to run Reddish with the starting group for the majority of games, it would not be a surprise to see him leading the second unit because of his diverse skill set.
Cam Reddish, Keldon Johnson, Tre Jones & Coby White need some answers. https://t.co/J0eJ3IG4iU
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) September 13, 2018
That being said, Reddish will have to fend off Alex O’Connell, who deservedly will be getting his share of minutes and figures to be a valuable bench piece for Duke. Imagine a second unit consisting of Reddish, O’Connell, Jack White, Javin DeLaurier and one of Barrett, Williamson or Tre Jones. That lineup itself would pose serious positional problems for opposing defenses given the length and versatility of every single player on the floor.
In the end, that is what Reddish offers most: versatility. Whether he is burning opponents from deep this season or displaying his court vision by throwing lobs in transition, Reddish is exactly the kind of do-it-all player (in a similar vein to Justise Winslow) that Duke needs if they hope to win their sixth national championship.