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Duke’s Cam Reddish believes his game is better suited for NBA than college

Cam Reddish

Former Duke forward Cam Reddish believed his game is better-suited to fit the NBA style of offense than what he showed during his lone year in college.

Reddish was thought to be an elite-caliber shooter, drawing comparison’s to Bradley Beal and others capable of rounding the top-five prospective selections due to their unmatched ability to seamlessly transfer their shooting talents to the NBA level.

Yet the 6-foot-8 swingman has been painted as someone who shrunk in the spotlight, overshadowed by his own teammates: consensus No. 1 pick Zion Williamson and No. 3 target R.J. Barrett.

Reddish struggled to shoot to the best of his ability, making only 35.6% of his shots from the field and 33.3% from deep — percentages that flail in contrast to what his talent could achieve. Yet the Norristown native struggled to go from a No. 1 option to the third in Mike Krzyzewski’s program — a struggle that often snapped him as lazy or too laid back.

“I feel like my game is more ready for the NBA than college,”said Reddish, delving into outside shooting, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “The NBA is kind of growing kind of to that way of play, it’s probably why I’m kind of really valuable at this point.”

Reddish’s numbers hardly warrant a top-five selection, as his 13.5 points and 3.7 rebounds pale in comparison to gaudy averages from other players surrounding his stock — but the potential for a stark contrast is there, as well as a high ceiling that could well surpass what’s expected of him under the right system.

The 19-year-old insists he is more than the shooter he was forced to be under Krzyzewski’s system, and he will have plenty of time to prove it during workouts and as he enters the NBA in less than a month.