CAM REDDISH 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 210 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD/SHOOTING GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 5 PICK
- At 6’7 with a 7’1 wingspan, possesses ideal combination of size, length, and fluidity for a wing player in today’s NBA
- Versatile player who can handle, attack, and spot up as a shooter, enabling him to legitimately play four positions on the floor
- Can handle the ball on the fast break, and stop, pull up, and launch a shot in the blink of an eye.
- Very comfortable as a shooter, with a loose wrist and mechanically sound shot
- Athleticism and length makes him a potential defensive presence who can switch across multiple positions
- Not a true “freak” athlete. Has plenty of athleticism, but not at an “off-the-charts” level that you’d want from elite NBA prospects
- Motor runs hot and cold, looks like he’s not going at 100% more often than you’d like
- Has shown to be a “black hole” on offense sometimes; once he gets the ball, nobody else will get it back
- Loves to take threes, but isn’t very efficient at them; hovers around making 30% of them.
- Needs to pack on some weight (only 210 lbs) to fill out his frame
Forward Cam Reddish is one of the four members of one of the greatest recruiting classes ever assembled in college basketball. The five-star recruit joined Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Tre Jones, to play for venerated head coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University.
With his height (6’7), wingspan (7’1), and overall skill-set, Reddish is essentially an NBA general manager’s dream in today’s increasingly position-less, switch-happy NBA. His combination of handle, attacking mentality, and ability to pull up and knock down shots make him a nightmare to defend. He shows nice footwork when slashing to the basket, has an NBA-ready step back jump-shot, and can create for his teammates.
While the consistency of his jump shot needs refinement, it’s nothing that a couple of summers spent launching a few thousand jump shots in the gym won’t fix. Reddish could also benefit from a coach who’ll get him away from the “hero ball” mentality that sometimes gets the better of him.
Reddish’s biggest questions are above his shoulders and between his ears. While he has all the potential in the world to be an All-Star caliber player in the NBA, there are questions about whether he has — or can develop — the mentality of a franchise player in the NBA. As someone who’s a bit soft spoken in general, and reluctant to impose his will on opponents on the floor, how he handles the pressure of being the lynch pin of a franchise’s rebuilding effort remains to be seen.
Still Reddish is just too talented to be a bust; his skill-set and physical tools make him as safe a player as any in this draft. His upside has him being compared from Joe Johnson to Paul George. The Blue Devils have had quite a run of skilled wing-men in recent years. From Jabari Parker, Justice Winslow, Brandon Ingram and Jayson Tatum to now Reddish and teammate R.J Barrett, Duke’s offensive system makes it the place to go for versatile forwards.
Cam Reddish is a lock to enter the 2019 NBA Draft. As of now it looks to be a 3 man race to be the number 1 overall pick. Who are the other 2 players? They just happen to be his teammates in Barrett and Zion Williamson. If Reddish plays up to his capabilities in front of the NBA scouts he might just hear his name called first.
HIGHLIGHTS OF CAM REDDISH
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