Cam Reddish: On-Ball Offense
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Prior to his freshman season at Duke, Cam Reddish had spent most of his career as his team’s primary ball-handler. He has a variety of moves, including crossovers, behind-the-back dribbles, snake dribbles, hesitations, and spins to create space, though most of the space he gains is a result of his size and not his tight handle. He doesn’t have a ton of wiggle in his game, but he is a smooth athlete capable of handling in tight spaces. One thing of note is that Reddish’s speed isn’t typically diminished by having the ball in his hands.
Reddish has good vision for finding open teammates, but he often settles for the pass of least resistance instead of forcing his will to bend the defense and create easier buckets. He is capable of simple pick-and-roll reads and can find big men while on the move, though his skills are still rather rudimentary in this field. He showed a nice wraparound pass of penetration against NC State and is becoming more comfortable finding players while on the move. He is a solid system passer who will move the ball and often uses his own gravity to create space for teammates, though he isn’t currently passing them open.
Shooting off the dribble
Reddish has two feature areas when shooting off the dribble: in the midrange after receiving a ball screen and in stationary spot-up situations after inside-out passes. He has shown the ability to make shots with his feet set and can also stop and elevate in the midrange. He has good balance and high release when shooting spot-ups, but he will need to improve his balance when on the move, as he can let his upper body carry momentum into his mechanics. One thing of note is that he has a flatter shot than more accomplished shooters, something brought on by his acute elbow angle.
Finishing off the dribble
He has had trouble finishing in the paint all season long, mainly due to his lack of explosiveness. He is decent at avoiding contact and tries to snake around opponents rather than absorb the blow and finish. He also has a nasty habit of playing into help defenders instead of away from them, something which has gotten him in trouble more than once this season. He is currently a much more right-hand-dominant finisher and will often switch back to his right or look for difficult reverses instead of taking easier left-handed looks.
Finishing in the post
Reddish has only one post-up possession on the season but, with his mid range touch and size, he likely will be able to work out of the high and mid post when matched up on smaller guards off switches.