NBA Draft news: Cam Reddish explains why he was so overshadowed by Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett at Duke
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Cam Reddish explains why he was so overshadowed by Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett at Duke

Cam Reddish, Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett

Many consider Cam Reddish’s season with Duke to be a disappointment. Coming out of high school last year as a top 3 recruit throughout the nation, the 6-foot-8 swingman’s inability to live up to his hype saw his stock fall in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Reddish recently addressed this issue, and explained the reason why he was so overshadowed by teammates and fellow top recruits Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett.

“I’m kind of reserved, just like my personality is kind of reserved, so people might take that as lazy or too laid back,” Reddish said last week at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, via Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “But that’s just not who I am. Just naturally a reserved, calm guy.”

In 36 appearances for the Blue Devils last season, Reddish was able to put up 13.5 points (on a paltry 35.6 percent shooting), 2.5 three-pointers, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 29.7 minutes of action. These are not exactly eye-popping numbers, especially viewed alongside the monster stat lines of both Williamson and Barrett.

Nonetheless, Reddish still remains to be a very promising wing with an extremely high ceiling. His one-and-done season in college may not have worked the way he had envisioned it, but his untapped potential should still be enough to motivate teams to use a lottery pick on him. Some projections even have him as high as the fifth overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, so it’s definitely not all bad for Reddish at this point.