Duke’s Cam Reddish declares for NBA draft

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Duke’s Zion Williamson will be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. His Blue Devils teammate R.J. Barrett could be the No. 2 pick.

Another Duke freshman, Cam Reddish, might not be far behind.


Reddish will probably get picked in the lottery, maybe even the top five.

He largely took a backseat to Williamson and Barrett this season. It’ll be important to see Reddish in other settings.

Reddish is big – 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan – and fluid. He could play any position 2-4, and he has some skills as a point forward (passing more than ball-handling).

But for all his scoring talent, Reddish really struggled at all three levels at Duke. Maybe that was because he deferred so much. Yet, forcing bad shots is also a concern. This was not an encouraging year for Reddish striking the right balance.

His upside as a versatile defender is interesting, but he must get stronger. A lack of strength, understandable for someone his age, could also explain moments of looking like too much of a finesse player. He’s also not locked in enough defensively.

Reddish brings a lot to the table. Maybe with more development in a different environment, he’ll blossom into a good NBA player.