Cam Reddish: Tools
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Reddish has good speed up and down the court and can get out and run ahead of the pack, even with the ball in his hands. Without the basketball, he is able to move well, but his end-to-end speed and his acceleration are noteworthy, making him a threat to win a foot race. While he probably won’t be starting the break with his rebounding prowess, his ability to get to top speed will make him a dynamic secondary outlet.
Reddish struggles when trying to create separation against larger defenders and doesn’t have the ability to shake more persistent defenders off the bounce. He is also suspect to getting blown away on closeouts and when defending opponents in triple threat who still have access to a live dribble. In a lot of instances, he makes up for his lack of side-to-side mobility by using his length and quick hands to make life difficult.
Reddish is a smooth and well coordinated athlete, though he lacks explosiveness. He can get up well off two feet, but his second jump ability and leaping off one foot are only average. He has good length, though he doesn’t always put it to appropriate use when he is jumping, instead trying to work around contact instead of through it.
Reddish doesn’t have tremendous body control on the offensive end. He struggles to finish around the rim and can be jostled by larger defenders. He does a good job relocating, but he can lean too far into his momentum when trying to shoot on the move. On defense, he uses his active hands to challenge when defending on the ball and will try to press his physical advantages without fouling, though he isn’t always successful. He struggles to change directions when he is at top speed and his first step can be a touch slow, especially when back-footed by quicker offensive players.
Reddish has a solid frame, standing 6’7” at 205 pounds. His upper body strength is above average with good length and broad shoulders allowing him to create a lot of space when dribbling or contest when guarding on the ball. He needs to add lower body strength, especially if NBA teams have any hope of him guarding up a position or being able to switch onto wings, something which may be easier said than done with his narrow hips. As with most young players, strengthening his core should be an early endeavor to allow him to mount a stauncher resistance on defense and keep his body in balance as he relocates on offense.