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A Look At Reddish’s Potential

Cam Reddish is, potentially, a guy who can remake the game in his own image.

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2018 Spalding HoopHall Classic - Portraits
SPRINGFIELD, MA - JANUARY 15: Cam Reddish of Westtown School poses for a portrait during the 2018 Spalding HoopHall Classic at Blake Arena at Springfield College on January 15, 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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As we’ve been saying, Duke fans haven’t yet seen Cam Reddish play as a Blue Devil and that’s too bad because he’s a major talent. How will he blend in though? Does Duke have too much?

Over at SI, Emily Caron gets it.

RJ Barrett is a brilliant talent and so is Zion Williamson. We’ve gotten a hint of their games and they’re pretty spectacular. Obviously though they can’t do everything by themselves.

The thing about Reddish is, he just about can. Or put in a different way, he can do whatever his team needs. They usually call guys like that glue guys but he’s much more than that.

He’s one of Duke’s better outside shooters. He can play point guard, shooting guard, either forward spot and with a 7-1 wingspan, he could even spend some time defending the post.

In fact, he could move completely through the rotation on a single possession.

On every trip down court, Duke will have at least two point guards, possibly three counting Barrett, two shooting guards, 3-4 forwards and a backup defender inside. It’s too bad Duke doesn't have someone named Murphy because then the Blue Devils could push Murph and Morph. And Morph is what Reddit can do and come to think of it, not a bad nickname.

He’s going to be very difficult to defend because, in classic parlance, he is too big for guards and too fast for bigger guys. We’re used to that, but we don’t see a guy who can bring the ball up, set up the offense, and then post up under the basket very often.

It’s a different kind of stardom than Williamson and Barrett promise, but no less bright. Reddish is, at least in theory and possibly much more than that, what the future of basketball looks like.

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