Cam Reddish’s buzzer beating shot against Florida State is going to be talked about for a long, long time. The play itself was brilliant distraction with RJ Barrett the decoy. He ran to the corner.
Jack White was supposed to screen for Cam Reddish to spring him for a three. However, Florida State’s Terance Mann went to the basket with the general scrum, leaving Reddish all alone and he delivered.
Our question is this: in the pantheon of Duke basketball buzzer beaters, where does this one stand?
We don’t think anyone would argue with Christian Laettner’s shot against Kentucky as #1. And we would put Austin Rivers’ shot at UNC at #2 if only because of the absolute swagger the freshman displayed, rocking Tyler Zeller back and forth until the big man was off balance and unable to stop the shot.
#3 would go back to Laettner, who hit another memorable buzzer beater to knock UConn out of the NCAA tournament.
#4 we’d give to Gene Banks, the master of drama and swag, for his huge shot against UNC in his final game in Cameron.
#5 would go to Jeff Capel for his huge shot in Cameron against the Tar Heels. Duke didn't win that game but that shot was from near half court and seemed to hang in the air forever.
#6 would be Sean Dockery for his stunner against Virginia Tech when all hope seemed lost.
#7 we’d say Chris Duhon’s full court dash to knock out UNC in the Dean Dome.
#8 would be Dave McClure’s basket against Clemson as he sprinted downcourt to catch a long pass from Jon Scheyer
#9 Nick Horvath’s three pointer against Notre Dame
That leaves on last spot for Reddish. Where would you put him?
We’d be inclined to slide him in at #6 or #7.
Part of how you judge shots like that are the stage and the nature of the game, which is why Laettner’s Kentucky shot was so memorable. In this game, Zion Williamson was forced out and Duke seemed likely to lose. That the Blue Devils fought back made it a great win and Reddish’s shot deserves to be remembered as one of the great Duke buzzer beaters.
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