The 2019 NBA Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft. Duke wing Cam Reddish may have been on a team with a lot of good players, but has made a name for himself in his own right.
2018-2019 stats: 13.5 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game, 1.6 steals per game, 0.6 blocks per game, 35.6% field goal, 33.3% 3 point
Size: 6-foot-8, 218 pounds
Reddish was one of the best recruits in the country and decided to go to Duke for his one season of college basketball. He may have been forgotten about at times with Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett on the team, but he has some good physical traits and played well enough to be considered an early first-round draft pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
In his one year at Duke, he helped the Blue Devils get the top seed in the NCAA Tournament. They lost to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, but still had a solid season. He didn’t pick up accolades like Williamson or Barrett, but was an integral part of the team. He was able to score at least 20 points against Kentucky, UNC (twice), Louisville, Boston College, Florida State, Stetson and Army. With more opportunity, he could’ve accomplished more in college.
Even though he was overlooked because of the other great players on his team, he should be very pleased with how early he could be selected in the 2019 NBA Draft. He is projected to be selected in the top 10 to 15 picks come June.
Reddish is a very versatile player, who should fit in well in today’s NBA. At 6-foot-8, he has shown the ability to play anywhere on the perimeter and can even match up when opponents go with a small lineup. While he shouldn’t be the first option to bring the ball up, he can even run the point guard position if a team is in a pinch. With him being able to play several positions, teams should be able to slide him into their lineup more easily.
Along with his versatility, Reddish can be an offensive threat. He has the ability to shoot at a decent level and can get to the basket if need be. Reddish is a solid ball handler who is capable of creating his own shot, even if last season other players on his team were the ones creating most of the shots. With some opportunity and time at the NBA level, he could develop into a very good offensive player.
His defense was also solid at the college level and has a chance to develop into a strength at the pro level as well. His length helps him defend well, but he also has good quickness to stay in front of dribble penetration. As mentioned with his versatility, he should be able to guard most players on the court if asked to do so.
While Reddish has the potential to be a good offensive player at the next level, he is a very streaky scorer. He had plenty of games where he didn’t hit many shots from the field, including Duke’s NCAA Tournament games. With that, he is also a very streaky shooter. His 33 percent shooting from deep isn’t great by itself, but add in the streakiness and it makes it worse. He’ll need to find a way to become more consistent at the next level.
Reddish can be too passive offensively. At Duke, he at times seemed content to be the third wheel on the offense. If he were more aggressive, it could help his consistency problem and actually help the offense he plays on as a whole.
At only 218 pounds, Reddish will need to add some weight and strength to his frame for the next level. If he is asked to guard players who are bigger than him he could easily be outmuscled. Adding on the weight should enable to take on contact and finish better at the rim as well.
Projected Draft Range: Top 10 pick